In an image from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), ISAF Commander General David Petraeus shakes hands with Paula Broadwell in July 2011. Petraeus retired a few months later to become the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he allegedly had an affair with his biographer Broadwell. He resigned on Friday, November 9, 2012 due to the affair. UPI/ISAF | License Photo
Jill Kelley, the Tampa Bay socialite involved in the David Petraeus sex scandal, has finally broken her silence--in a way--after more than three weeks.
Just when it seemed the scandal surrounding the resignation of Petraeus had finally died down, or morphed into a Benghazi-fueled witch hunt against UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Kelley has hired an attorney and is looking to defend herself against negative perceptions of her role in befriending high powered military officials.
According to the Washington Post, Kelley's lawyer has written to the office of the U.S. Attorney demanding an explanation for the FBI naming Kelley in their investigation into Petraeus's relationship with his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell.
Abbe Lowell, Kelley's lawyer, released emails and telephone recordings he says proves she never tried to use her relationship with Petraeus, Gen. John Allen, or her role as "honorary consul" to South Korea for inappropriate gain.
"“You no doubt have seen the tremendous attention that the Kelleys have received in the media,” Lowell wrote. “All they did to receive this attention was to let law enforcement know that they had been the subjects of inappropriate and potentially threatening behavior by someone else.”
“These leaks most certainly had to come, at least in part, from government sources,” he said. “The earliest and best example of the leaks would be the release to the media of the names of my clients. As you know, there are several rules and laws that seek to protect United States citizens against such leaks.”
Kelley first came to public attention when her role in leading the FBI to discover the Petraeus-Broadwell affair was revealed. Broadwell allegedly sent anonymous threatening to Kelley, who then reported the emails to a friend in the FBI. The FBI was able to trace the emails to Broadwell, and so discovered her relationship with Petraeus.