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Petraeus affair: Jill Kelley sues FBI, Def Dept over privacy violations

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 15:56

Washington: Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite who triggered a probe that ended the career of CIA director David Petraeus, has sued the FBI and the Defense Department for what she claims was a breach of her privacy.

The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, alleged that FBI agents and Defense Department employees disclosed Kelley`s identity to outside parties, including the news media, and violated her privacy while investigating Petraeus` extramarital relationship with Paula Broadwell.

Kelley, who frequently hosted Petraeus and his wife at parties, complained to the FBI that Broadwell had sent her threatening emails, and had viewed Kelley as a potential competitor for Petreaus` affections.

The FBI later dropped the investigation without charges.

According to the Huffington Post, the lawsuit, filed by Kelley and her husband, surgeon Scott Kelley, seeks unspecified monetary damages, a formal apology, and an accounting of the information the FBI and Defense Department gathered about them.

The complaint details how the Kelleys` lives were turned upside down once their names were publicly linked to the Petraeus scandal.

The Justice Department has 60 days to respond to the lawsuit.

First Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 15:55

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