By James Nye
PUBLISHED:02:18 EST, 17 November 2012| UPDATED:09:13 EST, 17 November 2012
As far as degrees of separation go, it is safe to assume that David Petraeus, the disgraced former director of the CIA never in his life thought he would be connected with shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge.
However, just like many other four-star generals and national intelligence chiefs, Bubba had dealings with Tampa socialite and some-time honorary consul for South Korea, Jill Kelley.
Adding a tawdry new level to the Petraeus scandal, it has emerged that 37-year-old Kelley and Bubba crossed paths when she involved herself in a spat over the radio host’s claims that he was going to deep fat fry a Koran earlier this year.
Jill Kelley tried to involve herself in a potentially serious situation that occurred when Bubba the Love Sponge (right) threatened to deep fat fry a Koran
Bubba, whose real name is Todd Alan Clem has recently been in the news for settling a lawsuit with Hulk Hogan after he allegedly filmed the legendary wrestler and his then wife Heather having sex and released it online.
When the Florida shock jock threatened to deep fat fry a Koran, General John Allen , the commander of the U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan and CIA Director David Petraeus both spoke to social climbing Kelley asking to help them with a potential threat to the safety of serving American troops.
Emails released today sent between Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and 37-year-old Kelley reveal that she was indeed acting at the behest of high-level U.S. government officials and implored the mayor to act.
‘I have Petraeus & Allen both emailing me about getting this dealt with,’ Kelley wrote to Buckhorn on March 7th.
Bubba the Love Spone and his then wife Heather who allegedly appears in recent a sex tape with Hulk Hogan appear at Homestead Miami Speedway on June 11, 2010 in Homestead, Florida
The previous day, Kelley told Buckhorn of similar requests she had received from General Allen and Vice Admiral Robert Harward, deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command in Tampa.
‘I just got off the phone with Gen. Allen & Adm Harward,’ she wrote. ‘I’m going to need your assistance, vice versa with the potential crises we’ll be dealing with.’
When Buckhorn responded to say it was being dealt with, she said ‘they asked me to get involved, like I did when it happened with the Pastor last year’.
The emails offer proof that Kelley may not have been boasting of her contacts with high level military figures and indeed show that she was in regular communication with General John Allen and David Petraeus.
This episode with Bubba the Love Sponge came right before she complained to a FBI agent about threatening emails she was receiving from Paula Broadwell who began an inquiry that uncovered her affair with the retired four-star general.
In addition the resignation of the CIA Director triggered a separate investigation that found ‘potentially inappropriate’ email correspondence between General Allen and Kelley.
At the time of Kelley’s emails about Bubba military officials genuinely concerned that a Koran being deep fat fried would have disastrous consequences for U.S. troops serving in Muslim countries.
‘It was absolutely a concern,’ said Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor, CentCom spokesman to NBC News.
Revealing that he called Bubba himself, Taylor said he told him, ‘Look Bubba, somebody’s going to get hurt if you do this.’ He was ‘completely reasonable and said he understood,’ Taylor added.
The disc jockey told the Tampa Bay Times that he abandoned his plans to deep fat fry because a local law enforcement officer told him of the dangers to U.S. troops.
The potential intervention of Jill Kelley (left) to help stop Bubba the Love Sponge from deep fat frying a Koran was uncovered when Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (right) released their email exchanges on Friday
Reveling in his new found connection to the highest echelons of U.S. military power, Bubba ordered one of his radio shows trucks to circle Kelley’s Tampa home today playing a parody to the tun of Falco’s Rock me Amadeus about Petraeus.
At the end of October, former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan settled a lawsuit with Bubba over a sex tape involving Hogan and the DJ’s wife.
After the agreement between the former best friends, Hogan’s publicist said the terms of the settlement were confidential.
Hogan said in the lawsuit filed in October that he had consensual sex with his best friend’s wife, Heather Clem, six years ago in the Clems’ home, but he didn’t know he was being videotaped.
The disc jockey, Bubba the Love Sponge, apologised to Hogan and said that he’s convinced Hogan was unaware he was being filmed.
A lawsuit is still pending against the gossip website Gawker, which put excerpts of the video on its site.
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