Key players in Petraeus, Broadwell, Kelley, Allen scandal

Here is a who's who in the current scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, biographer Paula Broadwell and Gen. John Allen.

David Petraeus — Retired four-star Army general, 60, who became CIA director in September 2011 after an accomplished military career that included stints as commander of U.S. and international troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He resigned from his post at the CIA last Friday after admitting to showing "extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair." • Married to Holly for 38 years, with two grown children.

Petraeus had a nine-month affair with...

Paula Broadwell — Author of Petraeus biography All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. They met in 2006 when he gave a talk about counterinsurgency strategy at Harvard, where she was a grad student. Broadwell, 40, decided to write a Ph.D. dissertation on his leadership style and, once he took command in Afghanistan in the summer of 2010, asked if she could observe him in action. He agreed. Their affair began in November 2011 and ended in July, according to a Petraeus friend. Married to Scott Broadwell, a Charlotte, N.C.-area radiologist. They have two sons.

Broadwell is linked by FBI to threatening emails sent to ...

Jill Kelley — Tampa socialite, who befriended Petraeus and his wife when the general was the head of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, his last post before being sent to Afghanistan. She volunteers to help injured service members and their families at the Tampa base, where she also serves as something of a social coordinator/liaison for senior military leaders. Kelley, 37, began receiving harassing emails, sent anonymously, in May accusing her of inappropriate flirting with Petraeus. Concerned about the tone of the threatening messages, she sought help from a friend in the FBI. • Married to Dr. Scott Kelley, one of the world's few doctors who specialize in a particular type of minimally invasive surgery to cure cancer of the esophagus. He worked at Moffitt Cancer Center before moving to the Watson Clinic in Lakeland in June 2008. They have three children.

Kelley sought help from an ...

Unnamed FBI agent — A friend of Kelley she went to with her concerns about anonymous emails. Wall Street Journal reports he was removed from the FBI case this summer after his superiors grew concerned that he had become obsessed with the matter. Journal says he also sent shirtless photos of himself to Kelley at some point.

Kelley also exchanged "potentially inappropriate'' emails with ...

Gen. John R. Allen — Current commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. Allen, 58, previously served as Petraeus' deputy when both generals led CentCom, 2008-2010. Washington Post quotes a senior U.S. official as saying Allen and Kelley exchanged a few hundred e-mails over a couple of years. The official strongly denies Allen and Kelley had an affair or engaged in inappropriate communication, the Post says. • married to Kathy and has two grown daughters.

And Kelley is twin sister of ...

Natalie Khawam — Khawan submitted letters from Petraeus and Allen, written in late September, in her appeal of a court decision that awarded sole custody of her 4-year-old son to her ex-husband. Among the reasons cited by the judge for denying Khawam custody of her son: "profound concerns about Ms. Khawam's poor logical thinking and her extreme distortions" and "severe psychological deficits."

Sources: CBS, Slate, the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Times staff was used in this report.

Key players in Petraeus, Broadwell, Kelley, Allen scandal 11/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:18pm]

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