Meet The Woman Who Exposed David Petraeus’ Affair With His Biographer

Thirty-seven-year-old Jill Kelley alerted authorities when she began receiving threatening e-mails. The FBI traced the e-mails back to Paula Broadwell, uncovering the Petraeus-Broadwell affair along the way.

Holly Petraeus (left) with Scott (center) and Jill Kelley (right) at a party.

The Associated Press has identified 37-year-old Jill Kelley as the woman who complained about receiving e-mails from Paula Broadwell, leading to an FBI investigation into Broadwell’s relationship with former CIA Director David Petraeus.

There’s no evidence Kelley was having an affair with Petraeus as well — just that she had received e-mails from Broadwell that warranted a complaint against the 40-year-old married biographer.

Kelley is reportedly a “social liaison” to the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where she lives. The AP initially identified her as a State Department liaison. However, Kelley has no official status in the military.

From October 2008 to June 2010, Petraeus was commander of the United States Central Command, which is based in Tampa. A 2010 society item from the Tampa Bay Times reveals Jill and her husband Scott were friendly with David and Holly Petraeus, inviting the couple to their home for Tampa Bay’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest.

Another story from 2007 indicates Jill and her husband, a surgeon, live in a “regal brick mansion” with their three children — at the time, aged 4, 2, and 1. Their home is estimated to be worth $1.37 million. Kelley has a twin sister named Natalie Khawam, a lawyer dedicated to “successfully representing whistleblowers.” In 2003, they appeared on a Food Network competition show together. They grew up in Philadelphia, where their Lebanese parents owned a restaurant.

Petraeus with the Kelley kids, via an online scrapbook.

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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