Seoul: South Korea has said that it is dismissing Jill Kelley, the US woman at the heart of the scandal that ensnared CIA director General David Petraeus, from her post as an ‘honorary consul’.
“We`’re following the necessary procedures for relieving her from the post as it`s not suitable for her to carry out her duties because of the scandal,” a foreign ministry official said.
Kelley, the 37-year-old Tampa woman who organised events for US military officers, was appointed as an honorary consul in August following a recommendation from the South Korean Embassy in the United States.
According to the Herald Sun, Kelley had complained that she was receiving threatening emails, which triggered the FBI inquiry that uncovered Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, 40-year-old military reservist Paula Broadwell.
Investigators traced the mails to an anonymous account run by Broadwell, and found sexually-explicit messages from Petraeus.
During a visit to Washington on Monday, South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-Hyun suggested Kelley had abused the ‘trust placed in her’.
"It`s not suitable to the status of honorary consul that (she) sought to be involved in commercial projects and peddle influence," Kim said.
South Korea has 15 honorary consuls in the United States.
Their mission is to help promote South Korea-US relations and protect the rights of Korean-Americans.