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'Bombshell story is just a smoke screen for something bigger'...
1 year ago
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Jill Kelley, social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, is mystery woman Paula Broadwell harassed via email leading to FBI probe Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa, Fla., reportedly alerted the FBI several months ago about threatening emails she had received from Petraeus alleged mistress, biographer Paula Broadwell, a senior military official told the Associated Press.

The mystery woman who blew the lid off former CIA Director David Petraeus’ career-ending affair is also tied to the military — a sexy social liaison for an Air Force base in Tampa who says she and the ex-general are just “friends.”

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Jill Kelley, 37, a married mother of three from the Gulf Coast city, alerted the FBI several months ago after receiving emails from Petraeus’ alleged mistress, biographer Paula Broadwell, warning the stunning Tampa socialite to “stay away from” the spymaster, according to sources with knowledge of the messages.

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The raven-haired Kelley, who has an unpaid position as a social planner for MacDill Air Force Base, insisted in a statement Sunday her relationship with the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director was platonic, dating to when Petraeus ran the U.S. Central Command from the base.

“We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years,” Kelley said. “We respect his family’s privacy and want the same for us and our three children.”

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But Broadwell’s father said Sunday 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,” Broadwell’s dad, Paul Krantz, told the Daily News outside his home in Bismarck, N.D.

“There is a lot more that is going to come out,” said Krantz, claiming he was not allowed to elaborate. “You wait and see. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.”

He said he supports his daughter “100%.”

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“I stand by my daughter. She is an exceptional person,” Krantz told The News, adding that Broadwell, a West Point grad, and her family were “doing well, considering.”

Kelley has not spoken publicly about the scandal. She and her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley, were busy Sunday entertaining guests at a birthday party for one of their daughters at their colonial-style mansion overlooking Tampa’s Hillsborough Bay.

In an exclusive photo obtained by The News, the Kelleys appeared worried while speaking with Vice Adm. Robert Harward, deputy commander of the Central Command, who showed up at the party in his white dress uniform.

Jill Kelley was raised in Philadelphia, where her family settled in the mid-1970s and opened a Middle Eastern restaurant after immigrating from Lebanon. Her father, John Khawam, was a renowned organist in Lebanon
.A close friend of Petraeus told ABC News that Kelley saw the general often, but their relationship was innocent.

“It is very clear there was nothing going on other than friendship between Kelley and Petraeus,” the friend said.

In 2010, Kelley and her husband, a surgeon at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, invited Petraeus and his wife of 38 years, Holly, to be their guests at a party for the Gasparilla parade, an annual pirate-themed festival in Tampa. At the time, Petraeus ran the Central Command from MacDill.

 

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Kelley’s 7-year-old  daughter,  Caroline, even posted a family photo album online that she dedicated to her parents and included family photos — one of her and her sisters posing with Petraeus.

“I was with Gen. Petraeus. He came to my house,” Caroline wrote.

Broadwell’s extended family members were completely caught off guard by the news of Petraeus’ shocking resignation, which broke Friday.

“They didn’t find out about the affair until they saw it on the news Friday night,” the grandmother of Broadwell’s husband, Scott, told The News. “Everyone’s reaction was shock. We were all shell-shocked.”

The grandmother, who would only give her first name, Sylvia, described Paula Broadwell as “intelligent and really smart.”

“She’s too smart for that,” said Sylvia, adding that her grandson is “a wonderful father to those two young kids.”

She said Scott Broadwell’s parents in Sanibel, Fla., “felt like the rug was pulled out from under them.”

“It’s a sad situation,” the grandmother said.

Petraeus began seeing Paula Broadwell, a writer with a military background, on the side in 2011, several months after he retired from the military, but ended the romance about four months ago, sources told ABC News.

BuzzFeed, citing sources, said he took her on a government-funded trip to Paris in July 2011.

Russell Broadwell, Scott’s father, confirmed to The News that he, too, was astonished by the news he first heard on TV Friday.

Asked if he has spoken to his son, Broadwell said, “Of course, he’s my son.” He refused to further comment.

Paula Broadwell, 40 (above), wrote the biography “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.” She has yet to publicly comment on the scandal that has rocked Washington and the U.S. security community.

A source told The Wall Street Journal that Broadwell, who lives in North Carolina, became jealous when she suspected Kelley was in a romantic relationship with Petraeus.



BuzzFeed, citing sources, said he took her on a government-funded trip to Paris in July 2011.

Russell Broadwell, Scott’s father, confirmed to The News that he, too, was astonished by the news he first heard on TV Friday.

Asked if he has spoken to his son, Broadwell said, “Of course, he’s my son.” He refused to further comment.

Paula Broadwell, 40 (above), wrote the biography “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.” She has yet to publicly comment on the scandal that has rocked Washington and the U.S. security community.

A source told The Wall Street Journal that Broadwell, who lives in North Carolina, became jealous when she suspected Kelley was in a romantic relationship with Petraeus.



Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) confirmed Sunday he first learned of the affair several months ago from a friend who knows Kelley. Reichert told House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who put Kelley in touch with FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Cantor’s staff didn’t immediately tell the House Intelligence Committee or other House leaders because they didn’t know whether the information was credible, Fox News reported.

Retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan, Petraeus’ former spokesman, said the general is kicking himself for his atrocious lack of judgment.

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

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ap-source-target-emails-petraeus-paramour-state-department-military-liaison-article-1.1200299#ixzz2C6kEYXln



Wow......another "Fifty Shades of Grey"....saga.......do click on the site and look at the pictures of Jill Kelly....she does look like one of the housewives of Tampa!!!  Short nighty dresses......and her FBI friend sending shirtless photos of himself to Jill....thousands of emails from Petraeus to Jill.....how in the heck did he ever do his job while concentrating on emails being sent.....what is that....about 49 emails a day??

But then....Benghazi is slowing off the front page......obama has all the luck in the world doesn't he?????


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Deflect, distract in this administrations criminal activities = cover-up. Buys 'em more time to come out with what they hope will be a very convincing lie, while hoping to get to leave out all the juicy truthful details of just that-the TRUTH.

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This is getting more bizarre by the minute.  This couldn't all happen to a better leader of our country!!!!  LOL....what a mess he is in!!!!  So he didn't know about Fast and Furious, Benghazi and now this??? Yeah...right......would it have changed the election results....I doubt it.....but still.....in 2014 when we have a chance to take the Senate.....it just may make people have less faith in the obama administration....we hope!!!

Quoting Rush  "the Generals are being led around by their Privates"!!!



This post was modified from its original form on 13 Nov, 11:00
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I think we have a lot of stories on these guys...

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poised to visit friends in Adelaide next week
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ONE of the Adelaide's largest joint security operations will protect US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her planned visit next week.

Sections of the CBD, including North Tce and King William St, are likely to be locked down for the visit, which was revealed on adelaidenow yesterday.

Planning for the massive operation to protect the second most powerful woman in the world has been under way for the past week.

US embassy officials and security specialists have been working with Australian Federal Police, senior SA Police and STAR Group officers to plan the operation.

The visit is expected to be confirmed by White House officials as early as today.

Sources said the initial planning indicated the operation would be similar to when US Defence Minister Donald Rumsfeld and other defence officials were in Adelaide for the Australia-US Ministerial Meeting (AUSMIN) in 2005.

In that operation, sections of North Tce and King William St were locked down to protect delegates.

Few details of Ms Clinton's visit on Wednesday and Thursday have been revealed, but it is understood she will visit close friends, one whom is connected to the Carnegie Mellon University. It also believed that:

THE 150-strong entourage is likely to visit Penfolds' Magill Estate for either a wine tasting session or private function.
THE entourage has booked more than 100 rooms over several floors at the Intercontinental Hotel on North Tce.
HEAVY traffic restrictions are likely from late Wednesday ahead of her anticipated arrival that night.
HER entourage will leave Adelaide on Friday morning.

While Ms Clinton will be protected at close quarters by her own US Secret Service detail, dozens of AFP protection officers and STAR Group officers will be involved in protecting her motorcade and any venues she visits.

Police are also likely to use helicopter surveillance to monitor her every move.

The operation will be larger than that mounted to protect Prince Charles and his wife Camilla for their five-hour flying visit to Adelaide on Wednesday.

Many of the SA police officers involved in that security operation will be involved in next week's, having regarded Wednesday's royal visit as a rehearsal for the Clinton visit. The sources said the Clinton entourage  which uses its own US Air Force jet  was considerable and comprised her personal staff, defence advisers and large security detail.

Ms Clinton, one of the most heavily guarded public officials in the world, will arrive in Perth on Tuesday before attending AUSMIN talks on Wednesday with US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta and Australian officials, including Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/exclusive-us-secretary-of-state-hillary-clinton-poised-to-visit-friends-in-adelaide-next-week/story-fndo471r-1226512913666



This post was modified from its original form on 13 Nov, 11:07
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It won't people without a conscience Maui. That's why ones who know about the murders before and since he has been sitting where he is, still voted for him. The only ones it will are the ones who haven't known, but now do, have a conscience, and care about their fellow human being more than they do their own selfish wants and desires.

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FOX is still reporting that Broadwell's daddy is saying just wait.....more to this story than what is being told....alot is being covered up.....so what could it all be???  Enquiring minds want to know!!!  

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All he had to do was pull a Shultz eh Sherry! The Obama administration is very good at that as you pointed out.

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