However, according to a source familiar with the matter, some of the emails sent to Jill Kelley, one of the women at the center of the ever-expanding scandal that brought down former CIA Director David Petraeus, were “flirtatious.”
Some of the 20,000-plus pages of documents and emails between Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley were “flirtatious.” It wasn’t immediately clear who wrote the flirtatious notes – Allen, Kelley or both.
Allen succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan last year, and he was predicted to become the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe.
However, now the nomination has now been put on hold, as the scandal seemed certain to ensnare another acclaimed military figure, The Huffington Post reports.
In a White House statement early Tuesday, National Security spokesman Tommy Vietor said President Barack Obama has held Allen’s nomination at Secretary Leon Panetta’s request.
Obama, the statement reads, “remains focused on fully supporting our extraordinary troops and coalition partners in Afghanistan, who Gen. Allen continues to lead as he has so ably done for over a year.”
It was Broadwell’s threatening messages to Kelley, that resulted in the FBI’s discovery of communications between Broadwell and Petraeus indicating they were having an affair.
Petraeus admitted that he did have the affair, writing to the U.S. president and asking for resignation from the CIA post on Friday.
White House spokesman Jay Carney denies the possibility that the sex scandal involving military officials could undermine Americans’ safety.
He said Barack Obama had confidence in Allen to continue “ably” commanding U.S. forces in Afghanistan while the investigation proceeds and expressed faith in the CIA’s acting director, Michael Morell, Reuters informs.
Obama “has confidence in the military to carry out the various missions that he has asked them to carry out,” Carney said.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, compared the latest revelations in the case “a Greek tragedy.”
“It’s just tragic,” King said in an interview on Tuesday. “This has the elements in some ways of a Hollywood movie or a trashy novel.”
By the way, Jill Kelley is mired in lawsuits from a string of banks totalling $4 million (£2.5 million), court filings obtained by The Daily Telegraph in Florida show, The Telegraph reports.
Which is more, her identical twin Natalie Khawam declared herself bankrupt earlier this year with liabilities of $3.6 million, filings show.
The investigation has learned that both sisters have direct links to Florida’s highest political circles. Miss Khawam once dated Charlie Crist, the state’s former governor, while Pam Bondi, its Attorney General and a close ally of Mitt Romney, attended a function at Mrs Kelley’s home.
“They are active in the G.O.P. social scene in Florida,” said a Republican source. “They are fun, friendly and beautiful people and political folks like them. I guess they’ve hit difficult times”.
After being given a certificate at one event naming her an “honorary ambassador”, Mrs Kelley is rumored to have begun using the title without the “honorary” prefix.