Woman embroiled in Petraeus scandal sues gov't agencies
June 3rd, 2013
05:53 PM ET
11 months ago

Woman embroiled in Petraeus scandal sues gov't agencies

(CNN) – Jill Kelley, the woman described as a "Tampa socialite" who became enmeshed in last year's scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging employees of government agencies violated her privacy.

The complaint, filed in federal district court in Washington, accuses unnamed federal officials of wrongfully searching her personal e-mails and divulging what she says was false information to the media.

Kelley's name first came to light after Petraeus resigned his post at the spy agency having admitted to carrying out an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Federal investigators first caught wind of Petraeus' affair after Kelley complained to law enforcement officials about harassing e-mails from Broadwell – details she says were improperly revealed to the public.

"We did not receive the confidentiality and protection," Kelley wrote in a statement. "Instead we received highly hurtful and damaging publicity from willful leaks from high level government officials that were false and defamatory."

Kelley and her husband Scott are seeking an apology and unspecified damages in their lawsuit, which also claims Kelley's personal e-mails were improperly searched and disclosed to the public.

According to U.S. officials, the FBI looked at between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents – most of them e-mails – and have found "potentially inappropriate" correspondence between Kelley and another top military figure, Gen. John Allen.

At the time, a defense official described some of the e-mails between Allen and Kelley as "flirtatious." Allen retired from military service in February.

In her statement Monday, Kelley cast herself as a privacy rights advocate who was working to make the best of a bad situation.

"I will demand that victims of a crime, have their names well guarded and their privacy protected; And that every law abiding citizen, the members of media, and including our brave servicemen, will not have their personal communications improperly and unreasonably searched by overreaching government or any other abuse of government powers," her statement read.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Kelley's lawsuit Monday.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer contributed to this report.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. The REAL Truth...

    Isn't it enough that she trashed the career of a well-respected man? Isn't it enough that she's also associated with another career officer, whose career may end as a result. Perhaps she should have thought about the consequences of playing with the "big boys' and have a little dignity and not try to profit from this also???

    June 3, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Anderson

    CNN reporting on another scandal.
    What about the good news on the economy?
    And you wonder why reporters are being investigated.

    June 3, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    I suspect that is going no where.

    June 3, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. F. Smith

    Jill Kelley has about as uch right to bring suite against the federal government as Pvt.Manning. She single-handedly brought down a four-star general and effectively ruined the career of another by her social-climbing antics and self-centered life-style. What a joke? What a buffoon?

    June 3, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Schmice

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Now she's the victim, huh? This woman is just after a payoff. Hope the government doesn't settle.

    June 3, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Jill Kelley, the woman described as a "Tampa socialite" and her Dr husband are crooks .

    What country were they originally from ?

    June 3, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Gary

    20000 to 30000 pages of docs, thats a lot of typing and reading. Not much time left for " Money Making"

    June 3, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    Sorry sweetums, but leaks to the media, are now sanctioned by the House GOP, wouldn't want to deny the media the right "to do their job"!

    I understand how the GOP House's use of the First Amendment changes on a daily basis, but as of today, you have no right to privacy if you were part of the investigation, and the media had a "source" that leaked your name.

    Seems just like yesterday they were complaining about leaks to the media as being a bad thing.

    But, that was then, and this is now.

    So, do try to keep up!

    June 3, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |