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New findings in downfall of David Petraeus

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David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell

Jill Kelley is a fixture on the Tampa, Florida, military scene, volunteering for community relations work with foreign military officers and their families stationed at MacDill Air Force base. She is also a friend of David Petraeus, and yet, she appears to have contributed to his stunning downfall and departure as director of the CIA.

It was Kelley’s complaints about harassing emails from the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair, Paula Broadwell, that prompted an FBI investigation that later exposed the liaison and led to his resignation last week.

People close to Petraeus have said Kelley is a family friend and that there was no romantic relationship. It’s unclear why Broadwell would have sent threatening emails to her, but she may have seen her as a rival for Petraeus’ affections, Reuters reported.

Kelley and her husband, Scott Kelley, a Tampa cancer surgeon, became friends with Petraeus when he was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa from 2008 until 2010, people familiar with the situation said. At the time, Petraeus was commander of the U.S. military’s Central Command, which runs operations in the Middle East and South Asia.

Broadwell, 40, who sources said sent the threatening emails to Kelley, is an Army reserve officer and doctoral student who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and two young children.

Broadwell met Petraeus in 2006 when she was student at Harvard. The general gave her his card and offered to help with her studies.

In 2010 when Petraeus was named commander in Afghanistan, she decided to turn a dissertation about his leadership into a book, called “All In,” which was published in January.

Gen Petraeus’s affair with Mrs Broadwell began following his retirement from the army and about two months after he became director of the CIA. He said it ended about four months ago.

BBC writes that top US commander in Afghanistan Gen John Allen is being investigated for allegedly sending “inappropriate emails” to Kelley.

Gen Allen denies any wrongdoing.

Gen Allen will remain in his job, but Mr Panetta said he had asked for the general’s pending nomination as Nato’s supreme allied commander in Europe to be delayed. President Barack Obama has requested that the US Senate Armed Services Committee move promptly on the nomination for Gen Allen’s successor in Afghanistan, Gen Joseph Dunford.

A senior Pentagon official said up to 30,000 pages of emails and other documents from Gen Allen’s communications with Mrs Kelley between 2010 and 2012 were under review.

He would not say whether they involved sexual matters or whether they are thought to include unauthorised disclosures of classified information, the Associated Press news agency reports.

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