L-R: David Petraeus, Scott & Jill Kelley, Holly PetraeusJust as we suspected when the story first broke, the David Petraeus affair scandal details are breaking nonstop. It didn't take long for the media to learn that married writer Paula Broadwell is reportedly the woman Petraeus was having an affair with. Then, we learned that another woman "close to" Petraeus revealed the affair to the FBI by turning in threatening emails she'd received. Now, a senior U.S. military official has identified the woman as 37-year-old Jill Kelley, an unpaid "social liaison" to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Special Operations Command are located and where Gen. Petraeus worked from 2008 to 2010.
Although that's quite a bit of information on Kelley, plenty of questions still remain. Like what kind of relationship does she have with Petraeus, what role did she play in the affair, and why on earth would she have been harassed via email?
According to an unnamed mutual acquaintance who spoke to the Associated Press, Kelley and Petraeus are good friends and see one another often. The bond is more platonic and even familial, as Kelley has described the former CIA director as being like a grandfather to her family. So, it's not as if these two were having an affair as well, it seems.
Still, despite the non-threatening, nature of their relationship, Broadwell allegedly demanded via email that Kelley "stay away from" Petraeus. And a former associate of Petraeus has confirmed the target of the emails was Kelley, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the retired general's private life.
In response to the building brouhaha, Kelley and her husband have released a statement about their relationship with Petraeus:
We and our family have been friends with Gen. 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.
Sadly, given what a key player Kelley seems to be in this scandal, there's no doubt it will be especially challenging for inquiring minds in the media to honor that request for privacy.
Check out this report for more details from The Wall Street Journal ...
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