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CIA David Petraeus Scandal Extends to Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Marine General John Allen and the FBI

The scandal involving the Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus (who also was a four star general for more than 37 years in the U.S. Army) now extends to top commander Marine General John Allen. On Tuesday, November 13, 2012 probe into Allen's "flirtatious" exchanges with Jill Kelley, a prominent socialite in Tampa and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam, has drawn Allen to the front and center of the Petraeus scandal.

Both Patraeus and Allen are subject of a massive probe led by the Defense Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Committee On Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and other branches of law enforcement, which includes a plot many would expect to only read about in twisted crime/thriller/romance novel.

Petraeus stepped down from his post as a top CIA official on November 9, 2012 after his extramarital relations with biographer Paula Broadwell were exposed by Kelley when she approached a friend/agent for the FBI after receiving harassing emails later revealed to have been sent by Broadwell. An investigation found that Kelley was "unusually close" to both Petraeus and Allen having formed a five year "platonic friendship" with Petraeus through daily email exchanges and through thousands of email exchanges with Allen. Both Allen and Petraeus offered Kelley's twin sister, Natalie Khawam assistance during a custody battle. The FBI agent who assisted Kelley is also involved in the investigation for shirtless pictures of himself sent to Kelley via email "long before" the scandal broke.

All layers of the Petraeus scandal are the focus of a massive investigation into legal wrongdoing, security risks, governmental reach, inappropriate communication, military rules, and the influence of some of the most powerful men within the U.S. following the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack which killed four U.S. diplomats.

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