TAMPA — Jill Kelley lamented about an invasion of her privacy by the media and FBI in an interview with the New Republic published Wednesday, but acknowledged some emails sent to her from one of the nation's top military commanders were "flirtatious."
Kelley is the Tampa hostess who inadvertently ended the career of CIA Director David Petraeus when she complained to the FBI about anonymous emails she had received from a woman who turned out to be Petraeus' mistress, Paula Broadwell.
Besides receiving those emails from Broadwell, Kelley and Marine Gen. John Allen exchanged numerous messages. Last month, the Pentagon cleared Allen, then the top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, in its investigation into the emails.
In the New Republic interview, Kelley was asked which of the emails involving Allen embarrassed her the most.
"Don't get me wrong, some of them are flirtatious," Kelley said. "I mean we never had an affair, but I guess at two in the morning, when he's e-mailing me, sometimes he'd be flirtatious."
Allen is a former deputy and acting chief of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. CentCom is one of two commands spearheading the war in Afghanistan.
"I'm such a private person," Kelley told the New Republic. "The fact that now my e-mails are read and that now I'm a public figure, a household name—I can't explain to you how unsettling that is. I never had a Facebook, nothing."
Kelley, who did not respond to a request for comment by the Tampa Bay Times, said Allen encouraged her to report "threatening" emails she received from Broadwell to the FBI.
"I said, 'John ... I don't trust them,' and he said, 'No, Jill, they keep the wolves from the door,' " according to the New Republic.
Kelley said in the interview that the head of state in Poland recently sent her an email saying, "What happened to you will change the world."
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