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Jill Kelley Sues Former Secretary of Defense

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The former Honorary Consul to South Korea that became the center of the scandal that brought down General Petraeus is in the headlines again:

The addition of Panetta to the lawsuit stems from a New York Times article, which reported that “Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and other officials traveling with him to Australia overnight on Monday [November 12, 2012] disclosed the inquiry into General Allen’s e-mails with Jill Kelley, the woman in Tampa, Fla., who was seen by Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus’s lover, as a rival for his attentions.”

The lawsuit highlights that the Times article noted that “the Pentagon” characterized the e-mails as “inappropriate communication.”

“Mrs. Kelley’s reputation is indelibly tainted,” states the lawsuit. “She is consistently and falsely referred to as the “center” of the “sex scandal” and is wrongly portrayed as the woman who brought down two American generals.

As a result, she (the victim and a participant in none of the bad acts in the sex scandal) has unfairly shouldered the blame as the villain in the generals’ downfall despite the fact that she was trying to protect them,” the lawsuit states.

The suit accuses Panetta, Little, and others at the Pentagon as having “made false and defamatory statements concerning the Kelleys, including false statements to paint Mrs. Kelley as unfaithful in her marriage.” [CNN]

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