Reportedly, the Florida woman who received harassing emails from Paula Broadwell, spurring an FBI probe that ultimately uncovered the Gen. David Petraeus’ extramarital affair with his biographer and led to his resignation as director of the CIA, has been identified as Jill Kelley, a local concerned citizen who volunteers to help the military.
However, Ms Kelley said she and her family “have been friends with General Petraeus and his family for more than five years”.
In this regards, the sources said Mrs Kelley and her husband were fixtures at social gatherings at Central Command. Mrs Kelley lives in a $1.3million house with her husband Scott, a surgeon, and their three children, age nine, seven and six. She says she respects Mr Petraeus’ privacy and wants the same for her own family.
Notably, the saga which would ultimately end the public service career of one of the most respected military minds of this generation began when harassing emails were sent to Kelley, who in turn, notified the FBI.
However, the FBI learned of the affair as it was investigating emails sent by Mrs Broadwell to Ms Kelley, who serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
While, Mrs Kelley is an unpaid social liaison to U.S. Central Command — the military headquarters based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa that oversees operations in the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Surprisingly, the affair between Gen. Petraeus and Broadwell, both of whom are married, began several months after his retirement from the army in August 2011 and ended four months ago, retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan.