November 13th, 2012
04:59 PM ET

The woman who sparked the Petraeus investigation: Who is Jill Kelley?

Florida socialite Jill Kelley is caught up in the scandal that brought down Fmr. CIA director David Petraeus. And now, her ties to General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has put his confirmation hearing to become NATO's supreme allied commander on hold.

CNN's Ed Lavandera is in Tampa, Florida with the latest.

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The Petraeus Affair: Who is Jill Kelley?

It seems like everybody loves a good scandal except the people involved in it.

How must it feel to be Jill Kelley right now?

Talking heads, journalists and the Chatty Cathys everywhere are telling stories about her and how she might be tied to the downfall of America's top spy David Petraeus. National security secrets could be at stake, though no one has offered proof of a breach.

Kelley has kept quiet, yet details of her personal life are quickly leaking out. Reports don't reveal much except that she's a socialite who threw charity events the military community in Tampa where she lives with her oncologist husband and three kids. The Tampa Tribune published a story about her financial problems.

Her hometown newspaper in Philadelphia trotted out some basic biography: Kelley's parents immigrated to the U.S. from Lebanon in the 1970s and once ran a restaurant in New Jersey. She has a twin sister.


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