As the political world continues to wrap its head around the resignation of CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus over an extra-marital affair, one of the women involved has reportedly hired a crisis communications firm.
Jill Kelley, known as the “other woman” in the affair, is working with Washington, D.C.-based Smith & Company
, according to the Economic Policy Journal
. Smith & Company, which describes itself as “best known for our high profile engagements,” has worked with Monica Lewinsky and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
On Sunday, Kelley issued the following statement through the firm:
“We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years. We respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children.”
Kelley was drawn into the Petraeus mess when she received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the mistress of former CIA Director Petraeus and his biographer. Kelley showed the emails to the FBI, which launched an investigation that eventually led to the agency discovering Petraeus’s extra-marital affair
Despite her unfortunate moniker as the “other woman,” Kelley, an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, was not having an affair with the retired general.