EMAIL SEX SCANDAL A WAR ISSUE – Thursday November 15 2012

– President Barack Obama has backed the top US commander in Afghanistan after the four-star general was dragged into the sex scandal that brought down former CIA director David Petraeus.

General John Allen was put under investigation after FBI agents probing email threats sent by General Petraeus’s mistress stumbled upon a vast trove of messages General Allen sent another married woman at the heart of the scandal.

According to a senior Pentagon official, the married general denies any sexual liaison  with 37-year-old socialite Jill Kelley, but the sheer volume of correspondence could amount to conduct unbecoming an officer.

General Allen’s promotion to the post of NATO’s supreme commander in Europe had been due to be confirmed this week. He will now return to Kabul and remain in charge of allied forces in Afghanistan until the investigation is over.

General Petraeus resigned last week when it became clear his affair with military reservist Paula Broadwell, 40, who wrote a fawning biography of him, would become public.

FBI agents stumbled on the liaison after a complaint from Ms Kelley – a close friend of both generals – who told a federal agent she had received threatening emails. Investigators traced them to Ms Broadwell’s account.

The emails sent to Ms Kelley – who told investigators she did not know Ms Broadwell – suggest the biographer was jealous of the socialite’s rapport with the generals at US Central Command in Florida.

In one, according to the Wall Street Journal, Ms Broadwell said she’d seen Ms Kelley touching “him” (the man is unnamed) provocatively under the table.

It emerged yesterday that agents had discovered General Allen had sent a huge number of emails to Ms Kelley, triggering an inquiry into whether he had broken the law or any military regulations.

The FBI is investigating 20,000-30,000 pages of his correspondence. The Washington Post said this represented 200-300 emails between the pair.

A Pentagon official said some were seen as flirtatious.

The FBI has searched  Ms Broadwell’s North Carolina home, removing items. The mother of two has not been seen there since General Petraeus quit – AFP


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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