Gen. John Allen, top commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, speaks July 22 during an interview with The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Musadeq Sadeq / AP)
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WASHINGTON Gen. John Allen says he is pleased that he was exonerated in a Pentagon investigation into his email exchanges with a Florida socialite linked to the sex scandal that led David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.
In a brief statement issued Wednesday through his spokesman, Allen also expressed gratitude for the support he received during the weeks-long investigation by the Defense Department's Office of the Inspector General.
The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that the inspector general had determined that Allen's email exchanges did not amount to conduct unbecoming an officer. The investigation report itself has not been made public.
The White House says it will go ahead with Gen. John Allen's nomination to become NATO commander.
Allen is commander of all coalition forces in Afghanistan. He is due to leave his current post Feb. 10.
White House press secretary Jay Carney says he hopes the Senate will consider Allen's nomination "in a timely manner."