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The woman who sparked the FBI investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has been identified.
A senior U.S. military official identified the woman who allegedly received the harassing e-mails from Paula Broadwell as Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa, the Associated Press reported. The AP had reported earlier that she worked for the State Department, but that is not the case.
Kelley serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Joint Special Operations Command are located.
The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the case publicly.
Jill Kelley and her husband, Scott, hired Washington, D.C.-based crisis manager Judy Smith and attorney Abbe Lowell.
Smith issued a statement on behalf of the family late Sunday: "We and our family have been friends with General Petraeus and his family for over 5 years. We respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children."
Kelley, who is married to cancer surgeon Scott Kelley and has three daughters, hosts frequent parties at her home, and newspaper accounts indicate Petraeus and his wife, Holly, have attended.
The Tampa Bay Times reported in its Feb. 5, 2010, society column that Holly and David Petraeus celebrated Tampa's Gasparilla Festival at Jill and Scott Kelley's million-dollar Bayshore home.
"Gen. David Petraeus absorbed his first Gasparilla under a white tent on Jill and Scott Kelley's front lawn," the newspaper wrote. "The CentCom commander and his wife, Holly, arrived with a 28-cop motorcycle escort."
In a 2007 report, the Tampa Bay Times referred to the Kelley's "regal brick mansion," where they have lived since 2004.
Kelley, who grew up in Philadelphia, is of Lebanese descent. Her family, Maronite Catholics, immigrated from Jounieh, Lebanon, in the mid-1970s, according to a 1988 article about her family's restaurant, Sahara, in The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has a twin sister, Natalie, the article said.
Contributing: Associated Press
Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY