Tampa socialite Jill Kelley fighting back in Petraeus scandal
TAMPA (AP) - A Tampa socialite embroiled in the scandal that cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job has fought back after more than two weeks of silence as her attorneys released emails, telephone recordings and other material that they say show she never tried to exploit her friendship with General Petraeus.
Mrs Jill Kelley, through her attorneys, went on the attack against a New York businessman who accused her of incompetence in her work trying to set up a deal he was negotiating with South Korean companies; an attorney who accused her of name-dropping and of being a social climber; and the FBI agent who first leaked her name in connection with the Petraeus scandal.
Mrs Kelley, 37, became the focus of national media attention earlier this month after it was revealed that she was the recipient of anonymous emails from Ms Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer and mistress.
Gen Petraeus, the former four-star general and top commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned as CIA director on Nov 9 after the FBI uncovered evidence that he was having an extramarital affair with Ms Broadwell.