US general's accuser was ambitious soldier too

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The Army captain who has accused Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair of sexually assaulting her during their three-year relationship was an ambitious soldier with plans to make the military her career, much like the boss she loved and admired.

Stirred by the 9/11 attacks to leave college and join the Army, she tried to carve out a reputation as a soldier who could be counted on in the toughest of situations.

Her credibility is central to the case. Is she a woman whose affair with a charismatic and approachable superior ended with him forcing her to perform oral sex? Or is she, as Sinclair and his lawyers have portrayed, a jilted lover who fabricated allegations of sexual assault?

She will return to the witness stand for cross examination Monday.

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