Mystery Woman in Petraeus Investigation is Named

A mystery woman who told the FBI that she had been receiving threatening emails from Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell is a social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and a friend of the Holly and David Petraeus.

The NYT reports:

KelleyThe woman, Jill Kelley, 37, is “a very well-known person of influence in the Tampa community,” active in community organizations that support military causes, according to the friend. Tampa is the home of the military’s Central Command, which Mr. Petraeus headed before serving in Afghanistan and then as C.I.A. director. It was during the Petraeuses’ time in Tampa that they became friends with Ms. Kelley and her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley.

In a statement released Sunday night, Ms. Kelley and her husband did not address their involvement in the investigation that ultimately led to Mr. Petraeus’s resignation on Friday from the C.I.A. after admitting that he had had an extramarital affair.

 The Kelleys said that they had been friends with Mr. Petraeus “and his family for over five years.”

“We respect his and his family’s privacy, and want the same for us and our three children,” the family said in a statement.

In related news, Politico looks at Broadwell's access to classified information:

In a speech last month at the University of Denver, Broadwell said that the CIA at one point was holding prisoners at an annex near the consulate, and that the assault may have been an effort to free those prisoners. "I don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually—had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So, that's still being vetted," she said, according to a video of the Denver event posted online and first reported by the Israeli media outlet Arutz Sheva.

Later in her remarks, Broadwell, said some of her information had come from a Fox News report, but it does not appear to have included that detail, according to Foreign Policy. The CIA has denied holding any prisoners at Benghazi.

Report: Broadwell's Threatening Emails Sparked Petraeus' Downfall [tlrd]
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  1. jason says

    I think these women are awful if they knowingly went after a married man. It’s absolutely disgusting to do this. Of course, David Petraeus must take blame too. As head of the CIA, he should have realized the dangers associated with fraternizing with women who might lack moral values.

  2. turing's ghost says

    This is a huge security risk and a proof point why heterosexuals should not be part of the CIA or in any sensitive position where national security is of concern. I hope they fix this.

  3. gayalltheway says

    I think it has been proven over and over again that men who are in authoritative positions or who have power are always the dumbest in a sense. How can someone who who has lived an honorable and dignified life risk throwing all that away for sex? Seriously. He was the head of the CIA for pete’s sake. All that and his reputation as an honest man gone in exchanged for those few fleeting moments of orgasms – assuming that there’s no real emotional connection between the two of them. It’s such a shame really.

    Then again, this is how I see it. He’s 60, probably still sexually active but his wife, Holly is not interested anymore. He meets Paula who is 40, who spends a lot of time, we are talking years, with him to work on his biography. They talk to each a lot and Petraeus share very personal feelings with her for the book. And because he’s such a military guy, sharing emotions makes him feel very vulnerable and he begins to develop feelings for Paula.
    Paula on the other hand, knowing that this book is a chance of a lifetime for her to establish herself as a respected author wants to get even more stories and perhaps secrets out of Petraeus. So she decides to go all in and uses sex to get more facts that would help sell the book. End of story.

  4. ratbastard says

    I understand this is a gay blog, and I’m gay, but even I can see Broadwell is a [pardon the expression] piece if arse. If I was going to have sex with a women, Broadwell would fit the bill nicely. She’s been dealing with being the center of attention and getting relentlessly hit on all her life, no doubt. So I can understand how the director fell for her.

    This story at it’s core involves a standard, run of the mill cat-fight between two attractive women, a powerful man who showed a lack of judgment and impulse control, national security,and a lot of political intrigue.

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