A close friend of Jill Kelley revealed to the Daily News Monday that the emails she received anonymously from Paula Broadwell, the mistress of former CIA director David Petraeus, were viewed as “death threats” from someone “clearly unhinged.”
After Kelley reported the emails to the FBI, an investigation confirmed that Broadwell was the anonymous sender, but also revealed a secret affair between Broadwell and Petraeus, which triggered his resignation as CIA director. Broadwell, author of Petraeus’ biography “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” sent the emails to discourage Kelley from pursuing the general.
“This wasn’t just a catfight. Any normal person who got emails like that would have immediately called the police,” the friend, who did not wish to be identified, told the Daily News.
The friend also revealed that Kelley came to her for advice before reaching out to her contact in the FBI.
“This wasn’t just a case of cyber-bullying,” the friend said. “[Kelley] was scared for her life. She had reason to be. These emails are the real thing.”
According to the friend, Broadwell, a West Point graduate, taunts Kelley in the emails about her military background and her friends in high places who would be able to make her “go away.”
Meanwhile, days after the scandal went public, reports revealed that Kelley exchanged thousands of “flirtatious” emails with General John Allen, who succeeded Petraeus in Afghanistan. Kelley’s friend, however, insists that these allegations are false and that Kelley, a married mother of three, is “fiercely dedicated to her family.”
“I just wanted to set the record straight that this woman [Broadwell] has serious mental problems. She needs to be behind bars before she hurts someone,” the friend said.