For the first time Jill Kelley is breaking her silence. The Tampa woman tied to a scandal that cost CIA director General David Petraeus his job says she was "terrified" after getting e-mails from his mistress.
"She called this a nightmare," said reporter Howard Kurtz of Newsweek and the Daily Beast.
Kelley spoke exclusively with him this week.
"Jill Kelley told me she is only friends with General Petraeus, that she never met Paula Broadwell, that she didn't know these emails were from Paula Broadwell, even from a woman," he said. " At the same time, she said these emails terrified her because they were in her view, full of threats and blackmail."
Kelley feels it was because she was friends with General Petraeus. She and her husband Scott remained silent after the story broke. Both now they are both venting in a Washington post opinion piece:
"The media filled our silence with innuendo and falsehoods," it partly reads. "We were surprised to read that Jill had flown on private military jets (never); that she was a volunteer social planner (wrong); that we were suffering financially (false). Most painful of all .... the innuendo surrounding the allegation, that some 30,000 e-mails were sent to a general from the e-mail address we share."
An unnamed government official said e-mails between Jill Kelley and General David Allen were flirtatious. But on Tuesday the pentagon announced its cleared General Allen of any professional misconduct related to the e-mails.
"Jill Kelley tells me these were very tame emails with general Allen who was then in Kabul, that they are only friends," Kurtz said.
The words that sparked controversy - those e-mails between Allen and Kelley and Broadwell and Kelley -- are still not public.
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