Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before the House Intelligence committee Friday on events that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11.

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Spokesmen for the committee say the hearing will be closed to the public.

Petraeus resigned from the CIA last week after acknowledging an extramarital affair. The liaison was discovered during an FBI investigation of harassing emails allegedly sent by Petraeus' biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell, to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Broadwell allegedly saw Kelley as a rival.

The probe expanded to include Kelley's copious communications with the top U.S. commander In Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen.

 

AFGHAN COMMANDER TO COOPERATE WITH PETRAEUS INQUIRY

After two days of silence, the top general in Afghanistan says he will "fully cooperate" with the investigation ordered into communications he had with a Tampa socialite at the center of the military's sex scandal.

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen released a statement through his lawyer Wednesday night saying he'll cooperate and that he instructed his staff to do the same.

The lawyer, Col. John G. Baker, says Allen wants questions in the probe resolved as quickly and completely as possible.

The Pentagon inspector general is looking into emails exchanged between Allen and Jill Kelley. The inquiry came after Kelley complained about another matter -- emails sent to her by the woman identified as the mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus.

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