White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday said Gen. John Allen, the top commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, had the support of President Obama, despite the fact that Allen has come under a Pentagon investigation for allegedly sending "inappropriate" emails to a Florida woman, Jill Kelley. The Allen controversy is just one byproduct of the increasingly bizarre sex scandal surrounding David Petraeus, who stepped down from the CIA last week after admitting to an extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, his biographer. The affair was uncovered by the FBI after Kelley reported receiving "harassing" emails from a jealous, anonymous sender who turned out to be Broadwell. Allen and Petraeus have both asserted that they never had a romantic relationship with Kelley, a socialite who appears to have been a constant presence in the conservative party circuit stemming from the Central Command base near Tampa, Fla.
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