Gen. Allen’s mail conversations in Petraeus sex scandal were like ‘phone sex’

Washington: Top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen engaged in much more than "flirtatious" behavior with a woman at the heart of the David Petraeus sex scandal, and his email exchanges quite were similar to having “phone sex,” sources close to the matter have said.

The investigation focuses on emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a close friend of the Petraeus family, and the woman who originally notified the FBI when she received threatening emails from Petraeus' mistress Paula Broadwell.

One senior defense official initially described the nature of the communications between Allen and Kelley as "flirtatious." However, two U.S. officials later claimed that Allen''s contact with Kelley was more than just general flirting, with one official describing some of the emails as sexually explicit and the "equivalent of phone sex over email,” Fox News reports.

According to the report, currently 20,000 to 30,000 pages of email conversations between Allen and Kelly during 2010 and 2012 are being probed by the FBI.

One official claimed that "there is the distinct possibility" this case is connected to the Petraeus investigation, the report said.

Meanwhile, FBI agents also conducted a search of Broadwell''s home in Charlotte, N.C.

Officials declined to comment on whether the communications between Allen and Kelley involved sexual matters or whether they are thought to include unauthorized disclosures of classified information or any criminal activity, the report said.