The Florida woman who was the target of harassing emails from ex-Central Intelligence Agency director Gen. David Petraeus’ mistress has filed a lawsuit accusing the Defense Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations of defamation and violation of privacy.
Talking Points Memo reported on Tuesday that Jill Kelley’s suit, (PDF) filed by her and her husband Scott in federal court in Washington, D.C., said FBI director Robert S. Mueller and members of the department engaged in “sexual innuendo, old-fashioned ‘blame the victim’ discrimination, and other privacy violations” after she told the bureau about threatening anonymous emails.
A bureau spokesperson had no comment on the suit, which asks for unspecified damages and an apology.
An FBI probe later determined that the messages were sent by Petraeus’ biographer, Paula Broadwell, later revealed to have been engaging in an affair with him. It was later reported that Jill Kelley had engaged in extensive correspondence with U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen. An FBI agent, Frederick W. Humphries II, was removed from the case after it was revealed that he had sent shirtless photos of himself to Kelley.
In January 2013, Jill Kelley told TPM that she had never met Broadwell, and denied allegations that she had exchanged more than 30,000 emails with Allen.
Both Petraeus and Allen resigned their positions, while a cyberstalking investigation targeting Broadwell was dropped.
In their lawsuit, the Kelleys acknowledge that while the reasons behind the departures of Petraeus and Kelly are public knowledge, “there was no legally acceptable reason for the government to disclose confidential information about the Kelleys and thereby make them part of the public scandal.”
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