Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jill Kelley finally speaks out about the David Petraeus scandal

Jill Kelley, a Tampa socialite and one of two women involved in the David Petraeus scandal, broke her silence on Tuesday, saying that last summer she was sent anonymous emails from Paula Broadwell, "the other woman" in the scandal. Those emails included "blackmail, extortion, threats,” Kelley said.

Strangely, Kelley wasn't the first to see the initial email. Instead, it was her husband, Scott, who opened the email on his iPhone, as it had been sent to the Yahoo account the couple shared, just as he was about to board a plane.

These emails were vague, aside from the threats. They were so vague, Kelley said, that “I didn’t even know it was a female.”

While the emails contained threats, Kelley refuted the popular belief that they specifically told her to stay away from Petraeus. A source close to Kelley added that the emails, which were fewer than 10 in number, grew increasingly threatening.

Paula Broadwell was a Petraeus biographer who, at the time, was having an affair with general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus. Speculation is that Broadwell had grown jealous about a perceived close relationship between Kelley and Petraeus. Her emails to Kelley led to the FBI’s discovery of the affair, and to Petraeus’ eventual resignation.

Kelley’s complaint to an FBI agent friend not only resulted in the above events, it also put herself in the middle of another rumor: that she was having an affair with Gen. John Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Both Allen and Kelley deny that.

Kelley also denies media reports that claim that she and Allen exchanged as many as 30,000 emails. While calling the figure “outrageous,” Kelley said she believes her emails to Allen totaled in the hundreds.

In December, federal prosecutors said they would not file charges against Broadwell over the emails. It wasn't until the Tuesday report, though, that it became known that the case was closed after Kelley, after being asked whether or not she wanted to press charges, said no.

Kelley said, “I just wanted to let them [friends and family] move on with their lives and not have to relive it."

A slideshow including Broadwell, Kelley images is here.

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