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January 22, 2013
Gen. John Allen has been cleared of allegations of professional misconduct. Allen had been accused of sending inappropriate emails to a woman in Florida, who in turn was involved in the scandal that led to the resignation of CIA Director David H. Petraeus.
Allen is a United States Marine Corps four-star general. He assumed command of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, succeeding Army General David Petraeus in 2011.
In a short statement issued Tuesday, the Pentagon said, that “Secretary Panetta has been informed that the Department’s Office of Inspector General has concluded an investigation into a matter involving Gen. John Allen, U.S. Marine Corps. The secretary was pleased to learn that allegations of professional misconduct were not substantiated by the investigation.”
The statement added that Panetta, “has complete confidence in the continued leadership of Gen. Allen, who is serving with distinction in Afghanistan.”
An investigation was ordered by Panetta into Allen’s role in the Petraeus scandal last November after the FBI informed the Pentagon that it had found a large number of emails between Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Following those revelations, the White House said it was suspending the nomination of Allen for the position of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.
There has been no word if the White House nomination will go forward.