'Does your husband know you've been touching Petraeus under the table?' The cat-fight emails sent by Paula Broadwell to supposed love rival Jill Kelley
By Hugo Gye
PUBLISHED:23:04 EST, 12 November 2012| UPDATED: 11:59 EST, 13 November 2012
The mistress of shamed former CIA chief David Petraeus accused her supposed love-rival of touching him under the table and asked if her husband was aware of her actions, in a string of threatening emails.
Paula Broadwell's affair with Petraeus was exposed after she sent a series of messages to Florida socialite Jill Kelly, apparently warning her off her lover.
The messages, which have been described as 'kind of cat-fight stuff', had been sent anonymously to an account shared by Mrs Kelley and her husband, but FBI investigators traced them to Broadwell.
'Cat-fight': Jill Kelley, left, allegedly received abusive emails from Paula Broadwell, right
Affair: David Petraeus is pictured with Paula Broadwell, his biographer and alleged mistress
In one of the emails from Broadwell to Kelley, she accused the Florida housewife of touching 'him' underneath a table and another email asked if Kelley's husband was aware of her actions, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In another, the biographer of the former CIA director was apparently aggressive towards Mrs Kelley, saying: 'Who do you think you are?'
She also accused the socialite, a Petraeus family friend, of 'parad[ing] around the base', adding: 'You need to take it down a notch.'
Kelley has denied being any more than friends with Petraeus and released a statement saying: 'We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus for over five years.
'We respect his familyís privacy and want the same for us and our three children.'
It also emerged today that Broadwell sent an email anonymously to General John Allen, who has been accused of swapping thousands of 'inappropriate' emails with Kelley. It was traced back to Petraeus' mistress and he discussed it with Kelley, it is claimed.
The revelation comes as a team of FBI agents has descended on Broadwell's home and started removing boxes of household items.
It is unclear what investigators are doing at the house in Charlotte, North Carolina, and they have refused to comment on their latest probe into the writer.
Insult: A photograph in June 2011 shows Broadwell watching as Petraeus and his wife Holly arrive for a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Petraeus' nomination to be director of the CIA
Further questions about the FBI's role in the scandal, which saw Petraeus resign from the CIA last Friday, have been raised by the the revelation of the notorious emails' contents by the Daily Beast.
A source told the website the emails did not contain threats or references to the former general, but were instead vague expressions of hostility, taking aim at Kelley's roll as a 'social liaison' at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
When Kelley first reported the messages to a friend who works for the FBI, she did not regard them as a criminal matter, instead simply saying: 'I don't know who this person is and I donít want to keep getting them.'
And when investigators looked at the messages, many were unimpressed, according to the Beast's source - many simply concluded, 'There's no threat there.'
However, Kelley's friendship with an FBI agent apparently meant the bureau took the emails more seriously than they otherwise might have - and helped them uncover the months-long relationship between Broadwell and Petraeus.
Deception: Paula Broadwell is married to a radiologist, Scott Broadwell (left), and they have two young sons together, while Petraeus has been married to Holly for 38 years. They have two grown children
They launched a wide-ranging investigation, interviewing both the CIA director and his former lover, but eventually concluding that no crime or national security breach had been committed.
Petraeus offered his resignation on Thursday afternoon, and officially stepped down the next day.
It became clear within hours that Broadwell, who met the general in Iraq when she was researching a dissertation which would eventually become a full-length biography, was the woman with whom he had cheated on Holly, his wife of 37 years.
And on Monday evening it appeared that the FBI had reopened their investigation, as at least six agents visited her home - where she is not currently staying - and removed several boxes.
Kelley is a volunteer who organizes social events for military families in the Tampa area. She often hosts the events at her million-dollar Bayshore Boulevard home, which is located only a couple miles from MacDill Air Force base, where Petraeus was leader of the U.S. Central Command.
'The Kelley mansion became the place to be seen for coalition officers,' according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Kelley's husband, Dr. Scott Kelley, is a highly sought-after surgeon who specializes in a rare type of minimally invasive surgery to cure cancer of the esophagus.
Since the Kelleys have been in Tampa, one or both have been subjects of lawsuits nine times ó including an $11,000 judgment against them that originated in Pennsylvania, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
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