Federal government has month to respond to Jill Kelley lawsuit
August 6th, 2013
07:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Federal government has month to respond to Jill Kelley lawsuit

(CNN) - The government has until September 4 to make its first response to a civil lawsuit filed by Jill Kelley, the Florida woman caught up in the scandal which led to last year's resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. Kelley filed suit against the federal government in early June alleging her privacy had been violated by employees of government agencies.

Last week a federal judge granted a request to give the government 30 additional days before responding to Kelley's complaint. The government cited the length of Kelley's suit and the need to confer with multiple government agencies. Kelley's defense team did not oppose the government's request for more time.

Kelley, described at the time of the Petraeus scandal as a "Tampa socialite," filed suit in federal district court on June 3 accusing 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 in June. "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 upon filing the lawsuit, 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.

CNN's Carol Cratty and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rusty Krus

    Black Widow...

    August 6, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Name Uche Agonsi

    The Nigeria Ibos, who are great producers of palm oil usually say this proverb 'Any hand that enters a pot of oil does not leave it empty'. People who live in glass houses dont throw stone. Any bird without strong head does not undertake the activities/wars of the woodpecker. I dont know what Kelley was thinking when she invited FBI into her situation. It seems to me like going public with her matter.

    August 6, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. Winston Smith

    Looks like she's auditioning for a part in a horror movie.

    August 6, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |