Two months after she became a household name, Tampa's Jill Kelley is finally speaking out about her role in David Petraeus' resignation.
The 37-year-old mother of three, often described as a "socialite" because of the parties hosted at her Bayshore mansion, spoke to Howard Kurtz, Newsweek's Washington bureau chief and blogger for The Daily Beast.
In the interview, she says emails -- later determined to be from Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell -- contained blackmail, extortion, and threats. Kelley also complained that she was depicted incorrectly and unfairly by the media swarming over the story, even going so far as to compare herself to Nancy Kerrigan.
It was late last year when Gen. Petraeus resigned from his post as CIA director after admitting that he'd had an affair with Broadwell. It was Kelley's complaint to an FBI acquaintance about the emails that ultimately led investigators to the affair.
In the interview, Kelley defended her relationship with Petraeus.
"We're friends, good friends. His wife and me are good friends. Our children are friends," she insisted.
Read Kelley's responses to questions about her finances, consularship, 911 calls, and other topics: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/22/jill-kelley-says-paula-broadwell-tried-to-blackmail-her.html
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