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Petraeus scandal: Jill Kelley's South Korean link

The Tampa socialite caught up in the Petraeus scandal received US State Department approval for her appointment as honorary Korean consul in Florida.

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Jill Kelley leaves her home Tuesday, Nov 13, in Tampa, Fla. Kelley, identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen. David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell, received US State Department approval for her appointment as honorary Korean consul in Florida.

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Tampa socialite Jill Kelley had US State Department approval for her appointment as honorary Korean consul in Florida, says a South Korean foreign ministry official.

The official, in Seoul, says the State Department put its imprimatur on her appointment after the Korean foreign ministry named her to the position in August. Ms. Kelley caught the eye of the former South Korean ambassador to the US, Han Duk-soo, who recommended her after returning to Seoul earlier this year.

“The process of appointing an honorary consul calls first of all for the recommendation of our embassy in Washington,” says the official, who said he was not the official foreign ministry spokesman and therefore requested that his name not be used. “Then the ministry will consider that proposal, and we will discuss the issue with the State Department.”

The official portrays Kelley as fitting the ideal for an honorary consul. “She’s a very social person, very active in the social scene.”

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