Certainly it can hard to be “the other woman” in a political sex scandal. But who knew that it’s also no picnic being “the other woman’s” woman?
That’s the situation Jill Kelley has found herself in. But Kelley, the Tampa, Fla., socialite who sparked the investigation into ex-CIA Director David H. Petraeus’ extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, which prompted his resignation, is not taking her situation lying down.
She’s suing the FBI and the Pentagon for violating her privacy.
As my colleague Shashank Bengali reported Tuesday:
Kelley says U.S. officials obtained unauthorized access to her personal emails after she reported receiving anonymous, threatening messages beginning in June 2012. She also alleges that officials unlawfully disclosed her name to the news media after Petraeus’ affair became public.
The FBI and Pentagon “willfully and maliciously thrust the Kelleys into the maw of public scrutiny concerning one of the most widely reported sex scandals to rock the United States government,” according to a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington. The complaint says Kelley and her husband, Scott, are seeking an apology and unspecified monetary damages.