Tampa Socialite at Center of Petraeus Case Calls 911

10:40 AM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
Jill Kelley looks out the window of her home as Gen. David H. Petraeus is seen on the television in the background on November 13, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (image credit Tim Boyles/Getty)
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Doug Stanglin and Michael Winter, USA TODAY

Jill Kelley, the socialite whose complaint to the FBI began the unraveling of the David Petraeus affair, has called police several times in the last few days, trying to invoke purported "diplomatic protection" to keep the media and public away from her Tampa home.

"You know, I don't know if by any chance, because I'm an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. I don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well," Kelley told a 911 dispatcher, who agreed to pass the information along to police.

In three other calls to police on Monday, a caller identified herself as Jill Kelley, reported trespassers on her property.

"They're trying to push the door open; they won't leave," she says in one call.

"Are you sure you don't know who these people are?" the dispatcher asks.

"I do not know who they are, no," she responds.

INFOGRAPHIC: How is Jill Kelley At Center of Case

Foreign Policy reports that Kelley is an "honorary consul" to South Korea -- a title described as symbolic, with no official responsibilities.

The 37-year-old Kelley, who has not spoken with reporters, appears to be growing increasingly wary of the firestorm that she touched off.

Sunday night, she and her husband released a statement saying that they have been friends with 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," the statement said.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that she tried in the summer to get the FBI to drop the investigation she triggered after it began churning up personal information.

The newspaper, quoting unidentified people familiar with the case, said Kelley, a fixture in Tampa's social and military community, developed "misgivings" after friends urged her to drop the matter, saying it would only cause bigger problems.

In the end, the probe led to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer and the source of the original threatening e-mails. That, in turn, uncovered Broadwell's extramarital affair with Petraeus, who was forced to resign last week as CIA director.

It has also led to a Pentagon investigation of what a Pentagon official called possible "inappropriate" e-mail exchanges between Kelley and Gen. John Allen, commander of allied forces in Afghanistan.

Allen's nomination to become the next commander of U.S. European Command as well as the NATO supreme allied commander in Europe was put on hold this week at the request of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

A senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that other senior U.S. officials who read the emails determined that the exchanges between Allen and Kelley were not sexually explicit or seductive but included pet names such as "sweetheart" or "dear."

The official said that while much of the communication - including some from Allen to Kelley - is relatively innocuous, some could be construed as unprofessional and would cause a reasonable person to take notice.

Allen, 58, has been allowed to stay in his job as commander of the Afghan War and provide a leading voice in White House discussions on how many troops will remain in Afghanistan - and for what purposes - after the U.S.-led combat operation ends in 2014.

The FBI decided to turn over the Allen information to the military once the bureau recognized it contained no evidence of a federal crime, according to a federal law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record and demanded anonymity. Adultery, however, is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Allen worked to save his imperiled career. He told Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that he is innocent of misconduct, according to Col. David Lapan, Dempsey's spokesman.

At a news conference Wednesday in Perth, Australia, Panetta said, "No one should leap to any conclusions," and said he is fully confident in Allen's ability to continue to lead in Afghanistan. He added that putting a hold on Allen's European Command nomination was the "prudent" thing to do.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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