Identity of Second Woman Emerges in Petraeus’ Downfall

New details surfaced on Sunday about the extramarital affair that abruptly ended the career of CIA chief David Petraeus.

There was identified a second woman whose complaints about harassing emails from the woman with whom Petraeus had the relationship, Paula Broadwell, prompted an FBI investigation. Photo: cvrcak1/Flickr

A person familiar with the matter identified the second woman as Jill Kelley, who is considered to be a long-time friend of the Petraeus family and a Tampa, Florida volunteer social liaison with military families at MacDill Air Force Base.

After receiving threatening emails that eventually were traced to Broadwell, the woman was “frightened” for her safety and contacted the FBI for protection, prompting an investigation that turned up evidence that the 60-year-old general and Broadwell were having an extramarital affair.

Broadwell often referred to Petraeus as ‘peaches’ in the emails, which was his nickname in high school that stuck with him through his cadet years at West Point, The Daily Mail says.

“We and our family have been friends with General Petraeus and his family for over five years. We respect his and his family’s privacy and want the same for us and our three children,” Kelley said in a statement.

Kelley, and her husband, Scott Kelley, a Tampa cancer surgeon, are reported to become friends when now-former CIA chief was stationed at MacDill from 2008 until 2010 as commander of the military’s Central Command (Centcom), which runs operations in the Middle East.

The affair has raised questions about whether U.S. national security was ever at risk and the timing of law enforcement and intelligence officials’ revelation of the matter to the White House, as well as who knew about the investigation before presidential election, Reuters writes.

Retired Colonel Steven Boylan, who was Petraeus’ spokesman in Iraq and has spoken to the general since he resigned at the CIA, downplayed the question considering U.S. security. He assured that Petraeus never provided Broadwell with detailed information.

“My understanding is that she was only at the CIA twice. And at no time, based on conversations with him, did he provide her classified information, nor did she receive anything from him in that manner,” Boylan said in an interview.

“My understanding is that they mutually determined that it was time to end it,” he said, adding that Petraeus “knows he made a huge mistake” and is now trying to focus on his family. “It wasn’t right. And it was done. That was about four months ago.”

Paula Broadwell, who is also married, spent three years doing researching for her book. She also had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan.

In the biography, the woman revealed she first met the former CIA chief during his visit to Harvard in spring 2006 when he was a Commander at Fort Leavenworth.

“I was among the students invited by the school to meet with the general at a dinner afterward, because of my military background,” she wrote.

“I introduced myself to then–Lieutenant General Petraeus and told him about my research interests; he gave me his card and offered to put me in touch with other researchers and service members working on the same issues.’ “

Gen. Petraeus released a statement acknowledging the affair on Friday after President Obama accepted his resignation, which was announced by the CIA soon after.

“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” he said in the statement. “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.”

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