Jill Kelley Sues FBI and Department of Defense for Leaking Private Information


by Casie Kolbinsky

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Tampa socialite Jill Kelley announced Monday she and her husband were suing the FBI and Department of Defense after they allegedly leaked damaging information about them.

Kelley, who was in the spotlight during the recent investigation of former CIA Director David Petraeus' affair with his biographer, filed the suit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. She reportedly said the leaked information "should have been kept completely confidential."

Kelley released a statement that same day, saying, "Today is an unforgettable day because one year ago, threatening emails shook my life and ultimately changed our country's leadership. It was under the faithful direction of our concerned military leaders that I went to the law enforcement to seek the proper protection for our family, our commanders and top U.S. officials. But unfortunately, we did not receive this confidentiality and protection. Instead, we received highly hurtful and damaging publicity from willful leaks from high government officials that were false and defamatory. In addition, we also learned that our personal emails were wrongfully searched and improperly disclosed."

The lawsuit did not include a damages figure.

Kelley's email exchange with Gen. John Allen, former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, captured attention during the investigation of Gen. Petraeus' affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell.

Kelley and her husband wrote in a Washington Post opinion article last January that any accusation of a romantic relationship between Kelley and Allen was "preposterous."

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