NBC's Pete Williams and Michael Isikoff detail new information surrounding Jill Kelley, one of the women at the center of the controversy surrounding Gen. David Petraeus' resignation from the CIA.
Audiotapes of several 911 calls placed by Florida socialite Jill Kelley as the media descended on her Tampa home show she complained about what she considered trespassing on her property and attempted to invoke diplomatic-type privileges.
“I am an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability,” Kelley told a 911 dispatcher. “They should not be able to cross my property. I don’t know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well?”
A South Korean official confirmed to NBC News that Kelley is an honorary consul for South Korea, but said she has no diplomatic immunity. He said Kelley assists the consulate based in Atlanta on occasion with things like passports and visas but is not an employee.
The U.S. State Department said Kelley has no formal affiliation with that U.S. agency.
“I can assure you that she does not work for the State Department and has no formal affiliation with the State Department,” State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said.
In other calls to Tampa police, Kelley said strangers had entered through a gate and were bashing on her door, trying to push it open. In another call, Kelley said at least 10 people were blocking her alley so she couldn’t get into her driveway.
Kelley, 37, became involved in the scandal that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus after complaining to the FBI about anonymous, threatening emails she received.
Her complaint touched off an investigation that uncovered an apparent affair between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
During the investigation, the FBI traced the allegedly threatening emails to Broadwell.
Kelley and her husband, who is a surgeon, are close friends of the Petraeus family. She has been a volunteer social liaison to the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, often hosting parties for top brass.
More information is emerging about Jill Kelley, the woman whose complaints inadvertently alerted the FBI to Gen. David Petraeus' affair, including the fact that she received help from Petraeus and Gen. John Allen during her sister's bitter custody battle. NBC's Kerry Sanders reports.
On Wednesday, a Department of Defense official confirmed to NBC News that Kelley’s special access to the base, which she had been granted due to her participation in community outreach events, has been suspended. Now, if she wants to enter the base, she must go in like any other individual and show her ID and get a daily pass. The official said the reason for the suspension is because she is part of an ongoing investigation.
The investigation also uncovered emails between Kelley and Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, which a Defense Department official described as "potentially inappropriate."
But another defense official told NBC News on Tuesday that the emails had been misconstrued.
“There was no affair,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
It also emerged this week that Petraeus and Allen had intervened in a Washington, D.C., custody battle in September that involved Natalie Khawam, Kelley's twin sister.
They wrote letters on behalf of Khawam, who was found by a judge to have "severe personal deficits in the areas of honesty and integrity."
In an interview with TODAY, Kelley’s brother, David Khawam, threw his support behind Kelley.
“My sister, number one, is a mother. She has three kids. She’s extremely dedicated to those kids. Number two, she’s a wife. She’s extremely dedicated to her husband. And he to her,” he said. “This is something that’s going to brand her for life.”
In the latest turn in the scandal involving two top US generals, the FBI said they have uncovered "flirtatious" emails between General John Allen and socialite Jill Kelley but have found no wrongdoing. Meanwhile, the general strongly denies any misconduct. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.
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