Exonerated general says he's pleased to be cleared

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 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.

Allen is commander of all coalition forces in Afghanistan and had been nominated to be Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces.

He is due to leave his current post Feb. 10.

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