WASHINGTON (November 15, 2012)--A spiteful e-mail last May to the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan was the catalyst for the generals scandal that's rocked the federal government.
In the e-mail, an anonymous writer warned Gen. John Allen that his friend, Florida socialite Jill Kelley, was trouble and that he should stay away from her.
A person close to Kelley, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says the general thought the email was a joke.
That e-mail started a chain of events that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petreaus, put Allen's career on hold and landed an FBI agent in hot water for talking about an ongoing investigation.
Congressional lawmakers have been grilling FBI and CIA officials about whether national security was jeopardized by the case.