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WUSF News Staff
Off The Base
Tue January 22, 2013
Gen. John Allen Cleared in Jill Kelley Email Investigation
The top commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with sending emails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley.
Allen was investigated by the Department of Defense Inspector General for sending a reportedly large number of emails to Kelley who was a “friend" of MacDill Air Force Base where Allen had served at U.S. Central Command.
The emails came to light after Kelley complained to the FBI about threatening emails from the official biographer of CIA director David Petraeus.
Petraeus admitted to an affair with his biographer and resigned his post.
Allen appeared to be a collateral casualty as his emails to Kelley were scrutinized for months and his promotion to command NATO forces and the European Command was put on hold.
But in a news release late Tuesday night, Defense Press Secretary George Little wrote that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta “was pleased to learn that allegations of professional misconduct were not substantiated by the investigation.”
The release continued, “The secretary has complete confidence in the continued leadership of Gen. Allen, who is serving with distinction in Afghanistan.”
There’s no word yet if the Marine Corps general’s nomination hearing which was postpone will be rescheduled.