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Petraeus family friend blew whistle on affair

Retired General David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell on July 13, 2011.
Retired General David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell on July 13, 2011.

Just days after retired Gen. David Petraeus announced his resignation as CIA director, details about the investigation into his extramarital affair reveal that the woman at the center of it all is a family friend.

As Petraeus was ending his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, she began lashing out at a woman that she knew was close to him; a woman named Jill Kelley. Broadwell, apparently, felt threatened by Kelley and began sending her anonymous and threatening emails. Kelley, took the emails seriously enough to bring them to the authorities. The FBI traced the emails to Broadwell’s computer, which revealed other messages of an explicit nature between Broadwell and Petraeus, proving evident that an affair had taken place.

Kelley, who lives in Florida, volunteers for the military. She and her husband became friends with Petraeus and his family when he was stationed there. In a statement Sunday, Kelly said,
"We and our family have been friends with Gen. 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."

Petraeus announced his resignation as Director of the CIA Friday, following the discovery of the extramarital affair. He said, "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."

Retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan, a former Petraeus spokesman, told ABC News that the affair between Petraeus and Broadwell began months after he retired from the U.S. Army and ended four months ago.


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