Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communication" with Jill Kelley, 37, one of the women named in the Petraeus scandal.
According to ABC News, the email exchanges between General Allen and Jill Kelley took place from 2010 to 2012.
Digital Journal reports that Jill Kelley was the woman who alerted the FBI about threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman named in extramarital affair with General Petraeus. Broadwell had sent emails to Kelley from an anonymous account earlier in the year, warning her to "stay away from her guy." Broadwell apparently became convinced that Kelley's closeness to Petraeus threatened her relationship with the general.
According to Fox News, Kelley reported the email messages to a friend who worked with the FBI, but the agent was latter removed from the investigation after concerns were raised about his relationship with Kelley. It was discovered that he had sent half-naked photographs of himself to Kelley.
Fox News reports that Kelley is not an employee of the US government. She is described as an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., headquarters to the U.S. Central Command. The Daily Mail reports she organizes social events for military families in the Tampa area. She has a twin sister Natalie Khawam, a lawyer who graduated from Georgetown University Law school and who works on whistle blower cases.
Jill Kelley is a married woman. Her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley, is a surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgical cures for cancer of the esophagus, the Daily Mail reports.
General Allen's appointment as chief of the US military’s European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe has been put on hold while the Pentagon investigates evidence of his relationship with Kelley which, according to ABC News, officials described as "potentially inappropriate."
Fox News, however, reports that a source close to Kelley said she had no affair with Patraeus.
ABC News reports that an unnamed senior defense official said the FBI referred the case to the Pentagon's inspector general's (IG) office for investigation. Panetta told reporters he has briefed the White House and top leaders of the Congress about the investigation.
A senior official told the Associated Press that agents are reviewing 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails and other documents in relation to the case. If Allen is found guilty, he could face court martial, bringing a career spanning nearly 40 years to an ignominious end, the Daily Mail observes.
Obama had nominated Allen to replace Petraeus as chief of the US military's European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He was expected to assume the new position in early 2013 if the Senate confirms it.
ABC News reports Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, told reporters that the Pentagon is investigating allegations of the general's "potentially inappropriate" relationship with Kelley.
According to ABC News, a senior Defense official said, "We'll have to let the process follow its course. As I said, and you'll see in the Secretary's statement, we believe that General Allen is entitled to due process. We need to see where the facts lead in this matter before jumping to any conclusions whatsoever."
The Daily Mail reports General Allen is a 1998 distinguished graduate of the National War College. He graduated with military honors from the Naval Academy in 1976. He holds a master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, a master of science degree in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and a master of science degree in national security strategy from the National War College.
He is the Commander of the International Security Assistance Forces composed of Afghan and American troops. He was Deputy Commander of Central Command, based in Tampa, before taking over in Afghanistan. He is also a veteran of the Iraq war.
He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife, Kathy, and two daughters, Bobbie and Betty.