Cleared of wrongdoing, General Allen wants to get back to his old life

Gen. John Allen Gen. John Allen Charles Dharapak/AP File Photo

Over two months after allegations surfaced that he'd carried on an inappropriate relationship with Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite at the center of the Petraeus scandal, General John Allen is off the hook. The Pentagon's inspector general sent Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, a nice letter last Friday that cleared him of wrongdoing after an investigation showed that he did not, in fact, violate military codes of conduct. He did send Kelley some emails that weren't exactly G-rated, though, as an unnamed officer with knowledge of the investigation told The Washington Post. "Some of the messages are not the sort of things you would print in a family newspaper," said the official. "But that doesn't mean he violated military regulations by sending and receiving them." Because hey, let's be honest. Even top-level military officials like to flirt on the Internet. That doesn't make them bad people, though.

It does make the scandal a little less juicy, which has kind of been the trend lately. It all started when The Seattle Times leaked the supposedly super scandalous shirtless photo -- alliteration, oh my! -- of the FBI agent who investigated a series of potentially abusive emails sent to Kelley back in mid-November. Turns out it was definitely not even regular scandalous but just a joke between friends. (It's kind of a funny photo, too.) Paula Broadwell, whose threatening emails to Kelley incited the FBI investigation, was unmasked soon thereafter as being an ambitious Beltway type with ambitions to run for office -- just like every other young professional in Washington DC. The scandal had clearly started to cool by the time that a letter from the former CIA director to retired Brig. Gen. James Shelton in which the Petraeus confessed that he had "screwed up royally" and how his wife was "once again demonstrating how incredibly fortunate [he] was to marry her."

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