Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has opened up an internal investigation into a trove of "inappropriate communications" from Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to Jill Kelley, the target of harassing emails from Paula Broadwell, the mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus. The FBI uncovered the emails in its investigation of the Petraeus affair, and referred them to the Pentagon. That fact, plus Panetta's decision to let Allen continue his duties without a suspension, suggest that the 2010-2012 communications constitute an infraction of military rules, not federal laws. Allen, who reportedly maintains he did nothing wrong, is up for promotion to head of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe; President Obama has put his nomination on hold.
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