Several top U.S. military officials' names are being dragged through the mud in a scandal that's rocking the Pentagon and the CIA. Generals David Petraeus and John Allen are at the center of the sex and national security breach investigation.
There is also an FBI Agent involved; plus there are two different women connecting all the players. It's hard to keep track of who's who. Here's a breakdown:
Gen. David Petraeus resigned his position as Director of the CIA Friday. A short time later, information emerged about an alleged email sex scandal. Investigators say Petraeus' biographer Paula Broadwell hacked into the former CIA Director's email, putting national security at risk.
Petraeus' affair with Broadwell was exposed by whistle-blower and Petraeus family friend, Jill Kelley. Kelly, a MacDill Air Force Base volunteer, was receiving "threatening" emails from Petraeus' mistress Broadwell. Officials say Broadwell assumed Kelley and Petraeus were romantically involved, but they were not.
Broadwell was found to have sensitive and secret information. The Pentagon is investigating if it was given to her by Petraeus or if she got it by hacking into his personal email account.
Monday, it was announced Gen. John Allen, the United State's top commander in Afghanistan, was also exchanging more than 20,000 "flirtatious" emails with Kelley.
Officials are also investigating an "unnamed" agent who, according to the FBI, sent shirtless pictures of himself to Kelley. The agent was the first to be informed by Kelley about threatening emails she was receiving from Petraeus mistress, Paula Broadwell.
Now, lawmakers want more information. Right now, it's unknown if national security was put at risk or if any parties involved will be punished. This scandal also involves many of the major players in the Congressional investigation into the Libya Embassy attack.
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