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Justice Department seeks dismissal of Jill Kelley lawsuit

By Carol Cratty, CNN
updated 9:03 AM EDT, Wed September 25, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Socialite, husband sued, claiming her privacy was violated
  • Justice Department asks dismissal of Jill Kelley's suit
  • Scandal led to resignation of CIA chief Petraeus

(CNN) -- The Justice Department is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by the Tampa, Florida, socialite whose complaints about threatening and anonymous e-mails set off a chain of events resulting in the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus.

Jill Kelley and her husband Dr. Scott Kelley filed suit in June against the FBI, Pentagon and unnamed federal agents for allegedly violating her privacy and accessing private e-mails against their wishes. The Kelleys claim government officials wrongfully disclosed Jill Kelley's name to the news media.

Gen. David Petraeus, 60, resigned Friday, November 9, as head of the CIA and admitted having an affair. His mistress was later identified as his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The retired four-star general formerly oversaw coalition forces in Iraq as well as U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He and his wife, Holly, have been married 38 years and have two grown children. Gen. David Petraeus, 60, resigned Friday, November 9, as head of the CIA and admitted having an affair. His mistress was later identified as his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The retired four-star general formerly oversaw coalition forces in Iraq as well as U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He and his wife, Holly, have been married 38 years and have two grown children.
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Late Tuesday, the government asked that the lawsuit be dismissed because it failed to present any facts to show the FBI, Defense Department and others had violated Jill Kelley's rights.

Kelley defends reputation after scandal

Former Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. Central Command, was the first to receive an e-mail in June 2012 from a mysterious sender which referenced Kelley's social activities.

The Kelleys later received similiar e-mails, which investigators determined were sent by Petraeus' biographer, Paula Broadwell.

Petraeus resigned in November 2012 after having admitted to carrying out an extramarital affair with someone who was later revealed to be Broadwell.

During the scandal, it also came to light that Kelley and Allen engaged in e-mail conversations, which anonymous officials suggested were inappropriate.

Opinion: Kelley caught in the crossfire

The Kelleys said Jill Kelley and Allen were friends and not romantically involved and claimed such suggestions exposed her to ridicule. A Pentagon investigation cleared Allen of wrongdoing; he retired from the military in February.

Alan Raul, an attorney representing the Kelleys, said they will continue to press their case "so that justice can be done, and that other citizens may feel safe in coming forward to the government with evidence of crimes."

Raul said the Justice Department's filing didn't refute the claim that government sources leaked Kelley's name and the reputations of Kelley and her husband were damaged.

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CNN's Jake Tapper contributed to this report.

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