WASHINGTON — Two Republican congressmen say the Justice Department's inspector general's office is declining to look into a complaint by Tampa socialite Jill Kelley that her identity was leaked to the news media after she reported to the FBI that she was the victim of a cyberstalker.
In an letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Reps. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., and Walter Jones, R-N.C., said their concerns "merit a full investigation" by the Department of Justice.
"Given the imperative of protecting personal information … and your Department's aggressive investigation of leaks in other cases, it is surprising that the Inspector General has refused to take any steps to investigate this matter. No citizen who comes forth with a criminal complaint should be subjected to the improper, embarrassing, and potential safety-threatening public disclosure of personal information," the congressmen wrote in a letter sent Friday.
Kelley is suing the FBI and the departments of Defense and State in an effort to learn who in the U.S. government leaked her name and some of her emails amid the uproar over Gen. David Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
The FBI found that Broadwell was the cyberstalker who sent harassing emails to Kelley.
"Law-abiding citizens who come forth to report a crime should never have their privacy invaded, their identities disclosed, following false and shameless statements leaked by the same government we trust to protect us," Kelley said in a statement Monday. "I am honored that Congress is demanding accountability so that my family's unwarranted tragedy will bring forth tougher penalties, more sanctions and newer policies in the hope that other victims of a crime will not be dissuaded or afraid to trust our government.
Petraeus befriended the Kelleys — Jill and her husband, Scott — while serving as leader of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. Petraeus was CIA director when the scandal broke.
The Justice Department says it is reviewing the information from the congressmen, who posed questions about the legality of leaking information about witnesses, whether the federal Privacy Act applies to information in FBI investigative files and what policies are in place to prevent leaks.