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Tuesday
Nov202012

Petraeus Affair: 'There's No Dark Plot Here,' Jill Kelley's Friend Says

Tampa Bay Magazine(NEW YORK) -- A man who says he's a "very close friend" of Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus, told ABC News that Kelley's portrayal in the media is inaccurate, as are any insinuations that she hoped to profit financially from her close connection to America's spymaster.

Don Phillips, a Tampa, Fla., real estate developer, said in an interview that Kelley is "the best kind of friend" anyone would like to have, including America's top military officials.

"Take everything you know and turn it around 180 degrees," said Phillips, who has known Kelley and her husband for five years.  "The reason these people [the Kelleys and military officials] are close is not because there [was] any untoward thing or any unseemly thing but quite to the contrary.  It's because they are trustworthy people and they've kept their mouths closed.  They don't go out to sensationalize these issues.  They don't talk about getting involved in scandal."

"I don't think Jill Kelley, in any way, has tried to profit from this relationship," he said of Kelley's friendship with Petraeus.  "There's no dark plot here.  There is no conspiracy.  There is no grand crime."

Phillips took issue with allegations made by New York businessman Adam Victor concerning a proposed multi-billion dollar business deal with South Korea in which Kelley was allegedly involved.

Adam Victor told ABC News on Friday that Kelley had claimed it was Petraeus who arranged for her to be named honorary consul to South Korea and, as a result, she could use her connections with high-level Korean officials to help him land a large coal gasification deal in the Asian country.  Victor also alleged that Kelley demanded a 2 percent commission on the deal, a fee of about $80 million.

"It became clear that it did not smell right," Victor said.  Victor said he got the feeling Kelley was inexperienced and unqualified to help him with the deal so he "terminated the relationship."

Phillips, who introduced Victor to Kelley, confirmed that the two had discussed the Korea deal, but said Kelley was the one who ended the business relationship after Victor "propositioned" her.

"Not only did I introduce him to her but other people in the community who all had a very negative report that came back to me and I felt terrible about introducing him to them," Phillips said.  "Jill, immediately upon meeting him, said she felt very uncomfortable, that he propositioned her almost immediately... I said, 'Jill, please, with this station, with this honor that you have forwarding the economic interest of this country, you have to look beyond that.'  And she goes, 'I don't want to deal with this guy.'  And I said, 'Please, for my sake, just bear through.  We all deal with a bunch of unsavory characters from time to time.'"

Phillips acknowledged that Kelley traveled to New York to meet with Victor, as Victor had claimed, but said Kelley determined the business relationship was "just not going anywhere."  Phillips said that Victor was correct in saying Kelley had no "trans-financial capability," but that was just because she never wanted it.

"It's because she is not interested in it.  She's extremely content.  She has a great husband who does a great job earning for them and they have a pretty good life.  That's not what motivates Jill," he said.

Victor denied that he ever propositioned Kelley and told ABC News Phillips was "rewriting history and not telling the truth."

Retired Army Col. Steve Boylan, a friend and former spokesperson for ex-CIA Director Petraeus, told ABC News last week it was "nonsense" that Petraeus had any part in Kelley's alleged Korean deal.

Kelley stumbled into the international spotlight earlier this month when she was identified as the woman who sparked an FBI investigation that eventually led to Petraeus' recent resignation.  Over the summer Kelley had told an FBI friend about harassing emails she had received from an anonymous sender.  In the course of the FBI investigation that found Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserves intelligence officer and biographer of Petraeus, was sending the messages, the bureau also uncovered evidence that Petraeus and Broadwell were having an affair.

The FBI informed the White House of the affair a day after President Obama was reelected and a few days later, Petraeus resigned.

Phillips said he believes Kelley's relationship with Petraeus was probably similar to his own with her -- like brother and sister.

"I have a great and close relationship with her, but not for a moment has my wife ever questioned our relationship.  [Jill] doesn't leave that impression.  She doesn't give you that sense that there is any hanky-panky or foul play going on.  She projects an air of a confident and friendly relationship," he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov122012

Could David Petraeus Face Military Prosecution for Affair?

Department of Defense photo by Cherie Cullen/Released(WASHINGTON) -- Retired Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director last week after admitting an extramarital relationship, could possibly face military prosecution for adultery if officials turn up any evidence to counter his apparent claims that the affair began after he left the military.

The affair between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, both of whom are married, began several months after his retirement from the Army in August 2011 and ended four months ago, retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan, a former Petraeus spokesman, told ABC News.

Broadwell, 40, had extraordinary access to the 60-year-old general during six trips she took to Afghanistan as his official biographer, a plum assignment for a novice writer.

"For him to allow the very first biography to be written about him, to be written by someone who had never written a book before, seemed very odd to me," former Petraeus aide Peter Mansoor told ABC News.

The timeline of the relationship, according to Petraeus, would mean that he was carrying on the affair for the majority of his tenure at the CIA, where he began as director on Sept. 6, 2011.  If he carried on the affair while serving in the Army, however, Petraeus could face charges, according to Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which reprimands conduct "of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces."

Whether the military would pursue such action, whatever evidence it accumulates, is unclear.

As the details of the investigation launched by the FBI unraveled this weekend, it became clear that the woman at the heart of the inquiry that led to Petraeus' downfall had been identified as Jill Kelley, a Florida woman who volunteers to help the military.  She is a family friend of Petraeus, who Broadwell apparently felt threatened by.

Kelley and her husband are longtime supporters of the military, and six months ago she was named "Honorary Ambassador to Central Command" for her volunteer work with the military.  Officials say Kelley is not romantically linked to Petraeus, but befriended the general and his wife when he was stationed in Florida.  The Kelleys spent Christmases in group settings with the Petraeuses and visited them in Washington D.C., where Kelley's sister and her son live.

"We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years," Kelley said in a statement Sunday.  "We respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children."

Earlier this year, around the time that Petraeus and Broadwell were breaking off their affair, Kelly began receiving anonymous emails, which she found so threatening she went to authorities.  The FBI traced the messages to Broadwell's computer, where they found other salacious and explicit emails between Broadwell and Petraeus that made it clear to officials that the two were carrying on an affair.

Investigators uncovered no compromising of classified information or criminal activity, sources familiar with the probe said, adding that all that was found was a lot of "human drama."

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Monday
Nov122012

Petraeus Affair: Woman Who Received Harassing Emails Identified

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Florida woman who received harassing emails from Paula Broadwell, spurring an FBI probe that ultimately uncovered Gen. David Petraeus' extramarital affair with his biographer and led to his resignation as director of the CIA, has been identified as Jill Kelley, a local concerned citizen who volunteers to help the military.

"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," Kelley said in a statement.

A close friend of Petraeus said Kelley and her husband, who are both civilians but supporters of the military community, befriended the Petraeus' when the general was stationed in Florida.

The Kelleys spent Christmases in group settings with the Petraeus' and visited them in Washington D.C., where Kelley's sister and her son live.

"It is very clear there was nothing going on other than friendship" between Kelley and Petraeus, the close friend told ABC News.

The saga, which would ultimately end the public service career of one of the most respected military minds of this generation, began when harassing emails were sent to Kelley, who in turn, notified the FBI.

The emails were traced to Broadwell's inbox, where investigators are said to have found intimate emails that indicated Petraeus was having an extramarital affair with his biographer.

Investigators uncovered no compromising of classified information or criminal activity, sources familiar with the probe said, adding that all that was found was a lot of "human drama."

The affair between Gen. Petraeus and Broadwell, both of whom are married, began several months after his retirement from the army in August 2011 and ended four months ago, retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan, who is a former Petraeus spokesperson, told ABC News.

"He hugely regrets what happened," Boylan said.  "He pretty much threw away the best job he ever had and put his family through something just too hard to describe."

Petraeus is said to have been the one to have broken off the extramarital affair.

The 60-year-old's storied career, first as the public face of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later as director of the CIA, came crashing down on Friday when he announced his resignation from the intelligence agency, citing the indiscretion.

"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," Petraeus said in a statement on Friday.

Petraeus and his wife Holly, who have been married for more than 37 years, are said to be staying in their Arlington, Va., home and are doing "OK."

"Knowing the family, I suspect it will be hard work, but given the effort they will get through it," Boylan said.

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