Jill Kelley, 37, has been revealed as the mystery woman who exposed former CIA Director David Petraeus’ career-ending affair with Paula Broadwell.
Kelley, a social liaison for an Air Force base in Tampa, is also tied to the military, but says she and Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA Friday, are just “friends.”
A married mother of three, Kelley alerted the FBI several months ago after receiving emails from Broadwell, warning her to “stay away from” Petraeus.
Those emails first exposed Petraeus’ affair with Broadwell; he resigned before they could be made public as part of a probe into the CIA’s response to the Benghazi attack.
Kelley (right), who has an unpaid position as a social planner for MacDill Air Force Base, insisted in a statement Sunday that their relationship was platonic.
“We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years,” she said; he ran U.S. Central Command from the base.
“We respect his family’s privacy and want the same for us and our three children.”
But Broadwell’s father said his daughter is the victim of character assassination and implied the bombshell story is just a smoke screen for something bigger.
“This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out,” her dad, Paul Krantz, told the New York Daily News outside his home in Bismarck, N.D.
“There is a lot more that is going to come out. You wait and see.”
Jill Kelley has not spoken publicly about the scandal.
A close friend of Petraeus, a decorated Army general, told ABC News that Kelley indeed saw the general often, but insisted their relationship was innocent.
“It is very clear there was nothing going on other than friendship,” the friend said.