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Scandal widens to probe of top U.S. general's emails


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan is now part of the investigation that led CIA Director David Petraeus to resign after admitting to an extra-marital affair.

The defense department is now investigating General John Allen. He has been ensnared in the investigation that linked Petraeus' biographer Paula Broadwell to Jill Kelly.

Kelly told the FBI she was the victim of harassing emails, but when they began investigating, they uncovered questionable messages between General Allen and Kelly.

Allen has denied any wrongdoing according to a senior defense official.

When asked about the President's reaction to the Allen investigation, his press secretary praised the job he is doing.

"The President has great confidence in the military, great confidence in the commander, and will continue to have that confidence," White House Spokesman Jay Carney said.

The President did order Allen's nomination to become NATO's supreme allied commander to be put on hold pending the outcome of the investigation.

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