Petraeus Affair: Jill Kelley Claims 'Threats' in Pleading Email to Mayor
By DREW MILLHON, MIKE GUDGELL and LEE FERRAN
The woman who sparked an FBI investigation that eventually led to the downfall of CIA chief David Petraeus sent a pleading email to her town's mayor claiming she's recently been the target of "threats."
In the email, sent early Wednesday morning and posted online by the mayor's office today, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley says that she has been "receiving threats all night, by people that now have my cell phone number," and complains that the Tampa police department released a 911 call she made over the weekend about trespassers.
"I'm scared and I cannot believe what my City -in which I have contributed so much of my love, time, money and leadership, has now done to me and my innocent family," she wrote.
The email was one of dozens released by the mayor's office. Many of the others, mostly from this year, deal with invitations to events hosted by Kelley and reference top military officials, including Petraeus. The emails show Kelley making good use of ceremonial titles given to her by the military and government officials, including the title of honorary ambassador to the Coalition Forces in Afghanistan and honorary consul to South Korea.
New York businessman Adam Victor told ABC News Thursday that Kelley once claimed Petraeus had personally arranged for her to received the consul position and that she had access to "senior levels" of the Korean government - connections she could use to help him land a multi-billion dollar deal. Victor said Kelley asked for a two percent commission from the deal, an estimated $80 million payday, but Victor took his business elsewhere, sensing she was unqualified for such an undertaking.
Retired Army Col. Steve Boylan, a friend and former spokesperson for ex-CIA Director Petraeus, said it was "nonsense" that Petraeus had any part in Kelley's alleged Korean deal. "He knows nothing about it," insisted Boylan. "What other people do he can't control." Another source told ABC News that Petraeus had asked Kelley to stop throwing his name around.
A spokesperson for Jill Kelley did not respond to a request for comment Thursday concerning Victor's claims.
This summer Kelley toppled the first Domino in a chain reaction that would explode into a national scandal and cause the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus days ago. It started when Kelley complained to an FBI friend that she was receiving harassing emails from an unknown sender. The agent - identified Wednesday as Frederick Humphries - began an FBI investigation that later found the sender was Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserve intelligence officer and co-author of a biography of Petraeus.
In the course of investigating Broadwell, the FBI uncovered evidence of an affair between Petraeus and Broadwell, which both acknowledged. The FBI didn't notify the White House of the affair until the day after President Obama was reelected and Obama accepted Petraeus' resignation from his CIA post a couple days later.