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Defense Department Investigates Top American Commander in Afghanistan

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President Barack Obama, and from the left, Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus, and General John Allen in the White House in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2011President Barack Obama, and from the left, Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus, and General John Allen in the White House in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2011
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President Barack Obama, and from the left, Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus, and General John Allen in the White House in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2011
President Barack Obama, and from the left, Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus, and General John Allen in the White House in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2011

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From VOA Learning English, this is IN THE NEWS in Special English.
 
American lawmakers this week questioned David Petraeus about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The retired general inspected the office earlier this year as head of the Central Intelligence Agency. The attack resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Two were security officers working for the CIA.
 
On Friday, General Petraeus spoke to members of Congress as the former director of the agency. He resigned last week after admitting to a relationship with a woman other than his wife. The affair with Paula Broadwell was uncovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI was investigating threatening e-mails sent to a Florida woman, Jill Kelley. Officials found that Paula Broadwell sent the e-mails. Further research uncovered the relationship between her and General Petraeus. 
 
The general had resigned from the military before joining the CIA. It was during his leadership of the agency that the affair started. It ended a few months ago. 
 
Paula Broadwell first met General Petraeus when he spoke at Harvard University in two thousand six. She decided to write a book about him as part of her studies. 
 
This week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed sadness about the events involving General Petraeus.
 
"It was a very sad situation to have a distinguished career like that end in this manner and my heart obviously goes out to him and his family but I think he took the right step.” 
 
On Wednesday, President Obama said David Petraeus had what he called an “extraordinary career” and served the country with distinction. He also said he had not seen evidence that information harmful to national security was made public.
 
However, some officials say a computer used by Paula Broadwell was found to have classified information. She and General Petraeus both deny that he passed top secret information to her. Law enforcement officials are investigating how she used or handled the information. The CIA also announced it will investigate the Petraeus case.
 
The FBI also uncovered an unusual amount of communication between Jill Kelley and the head of NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen. Its investigation found up to thirty thousand pages of messages between the two.
 
Jill Kelley is known for her high-level social ties to MacDill Air Force Base, which is the home of the American Central Command. Through her social events, she became friends with both General Petraeus and General Allen. 
 
The Defense Department is investigating General Allen’s ties to Ms. Kelley as a possible violation of military rules.
 
The general has denied any wrongdoing. He will remain as head of NATO forces in Afghanistan while the investigation continues. On Tuesday, President Obama delayed the general’s nomination to be NATO’s top commander in Europe until the investigation is complete.
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by: Hiroki from: Tokyo
11/23/2012 4:09 AM
In regards to the extramarital affair of David Petraeus it was not a matter itself,but if it caused that top secret information was made public and U.S. security was not protected even temporarily it was a crucial matter.It seems ,however,to be too complicated to understand the whole.Why did Paula Broadwell send threatning emails to Jill Kelly? I also have no idea how the commandar of NATO forces involved in the matter.Anyway I have to search for the news written about the attack on the American consulate in Libya.

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by: Samuel from: france
12/13/2012 6:15 PM
I think his extramarital relation is not a problem. The real matter is in fact risks of publication of top secret documents


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
11/19/2012 1:10 PM
I think the question is whether the head of CIA or NATO forces in Afganistan had intelligence sugesting the attack would break out targetting American consulate to bring some victims. If they had, the next question is iwhether Obama took the information beforhand the incident. I don't know how Pura Broadwell and Jill Kelly played a role. Yet what an interesting mystery?


by: Alex
11/18/2012 3:43 PM
In Russia it is ordinary to discuss personal life of non convenient. It is Mr. Mr. Putin philosophy. But where is his wife, I am to sorry to ask?


by: Anonymot from: Paris
11/18/2012 8:54 AM
VOA is so out of date and behind the news datelines. It's embarrassing. Why?

Everyone who might read VOA news has this information from dozens of sources. If VOA is supposed to be a propoganda machine, you fail. If it's supposed to be a news distributor, you fail.

Why?

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by: Giang from: Vietnam
11/21/2012 2:43 AM
Are you talking about VOA news or VOA learning english?


by: BIJU.P.Y. from: SOUTH INDIA
11/17/2012 3:32 PM
General Patraeus's relationship with a woman other than his wife may be casual but the mistake comes when he is clothed with such a high responsibility and officiality and bound to be secretive. Samson's power was his long hair. He spoiled it because of his illegitimate relationship with an evil woman. Similarly, the General might have been suspected of sacrifying his official secrecy with a 'here today and gone tomorrow lot' woman. I think the FBI will disclose those secrets in the near future. Thank you.


by: THIERNO BA from: DAKAR SENEGAL
11/17/2012 10:29 AM
HI STEVE EMBER THERE IS ABOUT 4 SATURDAY WE DID.NT HAER YOUR GREAT VOICE IN (in the news) i miss your report a lot please sent me feed back in badiayabe@yahoo.fr; in voa your are the best thanks

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by: Anonymous
12/13/2012 6:16 PM
me too
Steve, come back early


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
11/17/2012 5:10 AM
Anyway, why couldn't America save its ambassador? Who were in America responsible for guarding them? Was there anyone idling around this incident?


by: Jean
11/17/2012 12:52 AM
What a mess!!!

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