General David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell Affair: Jill Kelly, Florida Woman Central in CIA Sex Scandal, Seeks Diplomatic Immunity in 911 Call
Nov 14, 2012 09:50 AM EST
The Florida woman who was central to exposing General David Petraeus love affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, has asked police for diplomatic immunity. Jill Kelly is unofficial social liaison for leaders of the U.S. military's Central Command in Tampa, Florida. According to the Associated Press she called 911 and listed her status as an honorary consul general and requested protection from media.
"You know, I don't know if by any chance, because I'm an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. I don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well," she said as reported by the Associated Press.
Another senior defense official told the Huffington Post Tuesday, that emails between Jill Kelly and General John Allen, another top U.S. military General involved in the scandal, were of "flirtatious" nature.
National Security spokesman Tommy Vietor said on Tuesday morning on behalf of President Barrack Obama that "the president remains focused on fully supporting our extraordinary troops and coalition partners in Afghanistan, who Gen. Allen continues to lead as he has so ably done for over a year," as reported by the Associated Press.
Authorities revealed on Sunday, that Broadwell sent threatening letters to Kelly. Kelly worked for Florida State Department liaison to the military's Joint Special Operations Command. When Kelly, 37, informed the FBI of the threatening emails, who in turn traced it back to Broadwell, after which the relation to Patraeus was revealed.
Patraeus submitted his resignation last week to President Barrack Obama on Friday citing an extramarital affair as an the cause for stepping down.
According to the New York Times, Petraeus said in his statement, "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair...Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation."
Petraeus was appointed Director of CIA in September of 2011. Prior to this, the 60-year-old served as a four star general in the U.S. Army. He led the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Deputy Director of CIA, Michael J. Morell, will fill in the position.
"By any measure, through his lifetime of service, David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger," said President Obama in a statement released upon Patraeus' resignation, Obama added: "Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time," as reported by The New York Times.
Holly Petraeus is the assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.