Jill Kelley is the Tampa woman whom Paula Broadwell warned to stay away from her lover, Gen. Petraeus. Everything unraveled when Kelley went to the FBI about Broadwell’s emails. Now we learn that Kelley tried to cash in big-time from her friendship with Petraeus.
From “Jill Kelley, key figure in David Petraeus scandal, led lavish life,” Shashank Bengali, David Cloud, Joseph Tanfani, L A Times:
At the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, New York energy entrepreneur Adam Victor was introduced to [Jill] Kelley. She was described as “a very close friend of Gen. Petraeus,” who had helped Kelley become South Korea’s honorary consul.
Victor, who was looking to establish a major coal project in South Korea, invited Kelley to New York in mid-September. There, she again played up her Petraeus ties. Victor then flew Kelley to Hawaii to meet with a South Korean delegation to help pave the way for negotiations.
But then, Victor said, Kelley asked for 2% of the gross cost of the project for her compensation. Informed that would mean a fee of about $80 million, Kelley persisted until Victor ended the relationship. An industry standard compensation would be no more than $1 million, Victor said.
“It was such an astronomical figure that it suggested she had no experience in negotiating these types of deals,” Victor said. “Gen. Petraeus had a lapse in judgment in using his influence to put her in that position.”