Woman who received harassing emails divulged in Petraeus scandal

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The woman, whose grievance started a federal investigation that caused the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus, has been revealed Sunday as a 37-year-old social liaison to a military base near Tampa, Florida.

According to military sources, Jill Kelley complained about harassing emails that investigators tracked to Petraeus’ biographer, Paula Broadwell

Authorities said Federal Bureau of Investigation’s search of Broadwell’s emails showed explicit messages between her and Petraeus, hinting on an extramarital affair.

Members of Congress, who learned about the circumstances hours before the public did, ordered a detailed explanation of the Petraeus’ affair.

It was reported that after Petraeus informed Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about the situation on election day, Tuesday, Petraeus was told to resign.

Officials said the White House was informed of the affair the next day and President Barack Obama accepted Petraeus’ resignation Friday.

Married to Holly Petraeus for 37 years, Petraeus publicly admitted to having an extramarital affair on Friday.

Kelley, married to a surgeon with whom she has three children, is said to be a close friend of Petraeus and the 40-year-old Broadwell look at her as a rival to the director’s attention, officials stated.

Broadwell co-wrote the biography “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus” which was published earlier this year.

It is believed that the extramarital affair started between July 2010 to July 2011 when Broadwell had access to Petraeus in Afghanistan.

Broadwell is married to radiologist Scott Broadwell and they have two young sons.

According to NBC News, she is under an FBI investigation for “improperly trying to access his e-mail and possibly gaining access to classified information.”

U.S. officials emphasized that Petraeus was not the main subject of the investigation and that there were no classified communications compromised.

Petraeus is set to testify about the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador. Acting CIA Director Mike Morrell will be testifying.

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