US general cleared of misconduct over emails
Published 24/01/2013 | 05:00
A Defence Department investigation has found no evidence of wrongdoing by Marine Gen John Allen, pictured, President Barack Obama's nominee to be NATO's top commander, in emails the military leader exchanged with a Florida woman.
Defence Secretary Leon Panetta requested a probe into the propriety of the emails between Gen Allen (59), commander of US and allied forces in Afghanistan, and Jill Kelley, pictured, of Tampa.
The inquiry concluded Gen Allen did not engage in professional misconduct, Pentagon press secretary George Little said yesterday. The findings of the Pentagon's inspector general clear a path for Gen Allen's nomination as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces.
Gen Allen exchanged emails with Ms Kelley, who has described herself as a friend. Their relationship surfaced because of a complaint she filed about harassing, anonymous emails that led to CIA director David Petraeus's resignation.