Tampa socialite Jill Kelley assisting with Afghanistan evacuation
Tampa socialite and diplomatic adviser Jill Kelley — a key figure in the Gen. David Petraeus scandal — has been working to get Afghan Christians and LGBTQ campaigners out of Afghanistan.
Kelley, who previously worked as an honorary ambassador to US Central Command, says she has been working around the clock from her home to help vulnerable people escape Afghanistan via Kabul Airport.
She told The Post, “As of last Sunday, when I started the secret rescue operations, we had 330 Christians left that are still alive in the country. Today we can only count 180. One family I helped get to the airport watched hundreds of people trampled and killed in front of them.
“We are also helping the LGBTQ community, in particular one physician, whose life is over if our politicians don’t help me get him evacuated ASAP. He left the airport after the suicide bombing and is hiding in the trunk of a car. He wants us to raise our voices to the world.
“I am doing everything I can to get them to the airport and through the gates. But most can’t even get to the airport past the Taliban checkpoints. This is the greatest human rights catastrophe in modern history.”
Kelley says she has been working with a group that includes military members to get special immigrant visas (SIVs) for those trying to escape Afghanistan, with the help of special forces and other military contacts on the ground.
Kelley, a mother of three married to surgeon Scott Kelley, became infamous when in 2012 after she complained to the FBI of harassing e-mails which turned out to be from Paula Broadwell, leading to the discovery of the FBI’s discovery of former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus’ extramarital affair with Broadwell.