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1:46 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Jill Kelley Calls For Email Protections After Exposing Petraeus Affair

Former Gen. David Petraeus, Dr. Scott Kelley, Jill Kelley and Holly Petraeus at a previous Gasparilla Pirate Parade in Tampa.
Credit Amy Scherzer / Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa socialite who exposed the affair of CIA Director David Petraeus, forcing him to resign, is calling upon Congress to restrict access to private email accounts.

Jill Kelley and her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley, wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post calling for Congress to safeguard privacy as they consider Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

The Kelleys wrote in their op-ed:

Our family committed no crime and sought no publicity. We simply appealed for help after receiving anonymous e-mails with threats of blackmail and extortion … Unfortunately, reaching out to an FBI agent whose acquaintance we had made resulted in slanderous allegations.

Jill Kelley initially asked the government for help when she received threatening anonymous emails. The FBI investigated. It found the anonymous emails came from Petraeus’ official biographer, Paula Broadwell.

But the FBI didn't stop there. Officials examined Kelley’s correspondence with Marine Gen. John Allen, currently the top commander in Afghanistan. The emails were reported to number in the thousands, but those numbers have since been refuted.

No criminal wrongdoing was found, but the FBI handed over its investigation of Allen to the Department of Defense Inspector General.

On Tuesday, the Inspector General's office cleared Allen of misconduct and any inappropriate emails. However, his promotion to commander of NATO forces and the European Command was put on hold, and there’s no word if his nomination hearings will be rescheduled.