Petraeus sex scandal - who's who

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All you need to know about the furore surrounding ex-CIA director David Petraeus

CIA director David Petraeus, 60, quit last Friday after admitting an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell – which has exploded into a scandal about who knew what when.

The affair began months after he took up his CIA post in September 2011 after being praised for his leadership of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The liaison was discovered during an FBI investigation of harassing emails allegedly sent by Ms Broadwell, to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Ms Broadwell allegedly saw her as a rival. Click through for more.

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Paula Broadwell

Married mother of two young children Paula Broadwell, 40, was an Army reservist and graduate student when first met Petraeus at Harvard in 2006.

She later embarked on a case study on his leadership of the Iraq War – later expanding it into a biography when Petraeus took charge in Afghanistan. The author gained unprecedented access to Petraeus and his commanders. Her book is called All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.

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Jill Kelley

A surgeon's wife and mother of three children, Jill Kelley is a sort of self-appointed social ambassador for the nearby US Central Command and other officers at MacDill air force base in Florida. The couple held lavish parties for the military top brass, befriending Petraeus and his wife, Holly, when he took charge of Central Command in October 2008.


Ms Kelley, 37, stayed in touch with Petraeus when he took command of the Afghan war, reportedly exchanging nearly daily emails. The account was regularly monitored by his aides and messages were not romantic, according to former staff.


In May, Ms Kelley started getting anonymous, harassing emails warning her away from Petraeus. She reported it to the FBI. Agents traced the messages to Broadwell, uncovering her affair with Petraeus.


Ms Kelley’s twin sister Natalie Khawam also socialised with Petraeus and Allen. They both wrote letters praising her as a devoted mother to help her in a bitter child custody battle with her ex-husband.

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General John Allen

The FBI has unearthed "inappropriate communications" between Kelley and four-star Marine general, John Allen, according to Pentagon officials.

Allen, 58, followed in Petraeus’ footsteps at Central Command and as the top US commander in Afghanistan. He too was part of the Florida social circle.

The Pentagon is investigating 20,000 pages of documents and emails involving Allen, who is married, and Kelley. Some of the communications were "flirtatious," according to a senior defence official.

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US President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has nominated John Allen to take over US European Command and lead all Nato forces in Europe. That has been put on hold. He denies any wrongdoing and remains in charge in Afghanistan.

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Holly Petraeus

Petraeus' wife Holly is said to be devastated by her husband's infidelity. "Furious would be an understatement," according to a family friend.

The couple have been married for 38 years and have two grown children. She is in charge of service member assistance at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and is a well-known advocate for military families.

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The FBI agent

The FBI agent that Kelly first took her complaint to was a long-time friend who once sent her shirtless photos of himself.

He passed Kelley's information along to others for investigation and was subsequently told to steer clear of the case as his superiors feared he had become obsessed with it, according to an official.

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David Petraeus

David Petraeus will testify on 16 November before the House of Representatives Intelligence committee on events that led to the death of the US ambassador and three other Americans in an attack on the US consulate at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11.

A spokesmen for the committee has said the hearing will be closed to the public.