Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the David Petraeus sex scandal, invoked her honorary diplomatic status on November 11 when she called to complain about reporters on her property.
“I’m an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property,” she told the 911 operator.
“I don’t know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well, because that’s against the law to cross my property because, you know, it’s inviolable.”
Jill Kelley was a frequent visitor to the sprawling military base. The doctor’s wife courted four star generals and other senior military figures as an unpaid liaison officer – describing herself as an “honorary consul” of South Korea – a position she achieved one official said “last August thanks to her good connections and network”.
She held lavish parties at her $1.3million home overlooking Tampa Bay where the General’s and their wives were feted.
In fact, her position of honorary consul, which she has proudly displayed on her Mercedes’ license plate, is symbolic and has no official duties.
“She does not work as a real consul,” the anonymous official said to Foreign Policy Magazine.
He added: “Jill Kelley helped to get support for [the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement] and she arranged meetings between the ROK Ambassador to Washington and local businessmen when the ROK Ambassador visited the Tampa area.”
Jill Kelley is a close friend of the Petraeus family, and photographs circulating in the media show the dark-haired woman at parties with David Petraeus and his wife Holly.
She also met General John Allen at Central Command, and now investigators are looking at 20,000-plus pages of documents and emails between Jill Kelley and Allen.david petraeus, honorary consul, jill kelley, south korea