Jill Kelley, the woman identified as the target of Paula Broadwell’s harassing emails, says he was just “friends” with Gen. David Petraeus and had no romantic involvement with the now-former CIA chief.
Identified this weekend as the woman who blew the lid off former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus’ affair with Broadwell, Jill Kelley allegedly received emails from Paula Broadwell warning her to “stay away” from Petraeus, the New York Daily News reported.
Kelley, who works as a social planner for MacDill Air Force Base, turned the emails over to the FBI, which started an investigation eventually uncovering the affair between Petraeus and Broadwell. This led to the sudden resignation of Gen. Petraeus last week.
For her part, Jill Kelley insisted in a statement released Sunday that her relationship with Petraeus was strictly platonic.
“We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years,” Kelley said. “We respect his family’s privacy and want the same for us and our three children.”
Jill Kelley lives in Tampa with her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley. On Sunday, local news channel WTSP tried to track her down, reporting that the couple was throwing a birthday party for one of their children.
A source close to the family told ABC News that Jill Kelley and her husband Scott befriended Petraeus and his wife Holly when the general was stationed in Florida. They reportedly spent Christmases together in group settings.
“It is very clear there was nothing going on other than friendship” between Jill Kelley and Petraeus, the source told ABC News.