Gen. John Allen Under Investigation, Confirmation Delayed

Gen. John Allen. Photo courtesy of ISAF.

Below is a statement released early Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addressing the latest revelations regarding  Gen. John Allen.

On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to the Department of Defense a matter involving General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Today, I directed that the matter be referred to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense for investigation, and it is now in the hands of the Inspector General.   I have informed the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The House Armed Services Committee has also been notified.

While the matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined, General Allen will remain Commander of ISAF.  His leadership has been instrumental in achieving the significant progress that ISAF, working alongside our Afghan partners, has made in bringing greater security to the Afghan people and in ensuring that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists.  He is entitled to due process in this matter.

In the meantime, I have asked the President – and the President has agreed – to put his nomination on hold until the relevant facts are determined. I have asked both Senators Levin and McCain that the confirmation hearing on General Allen’s pending nomination to be Commander of United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe be delayed.

The President has nominated General Joseph Dunford, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, to succeed General Allen at ISAF.  I respectfully requested that the Senate act promptly on that nomination.


3 Responses

  1. do we know why he is being investigated.

    • Yes. The Department of Defense is reviewing the voluminous archive of emails exchanged between Gen. Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley to make sure no inappropriate information was exchanged. Original accounts said 20,000 to 30,000 PAGES. But, there were reportedly only a couple hundred emails over a two year period. Kelley was part of the civilian volunteer corps in Tampa that support MacDill and its commands like CENTCOM and SOCOM.

      • lovely, the dod makes us crazy when we feel out our paperwork for a security clearance. the interviews, etc. so much for that. how do we go from 20k plus pages to few 100 emails…another reason for me not to trust big brother government.

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