Shirtless FBI agent in Petraeus case getting a bad rap?

posted at 7:57 pm on November 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

If you believed the earlier media reports about him, he’s either (a) lovesick for Kelley to the point where he tried to seduce her with barechested pics or (b) obsessed with the idea of a cover-up here because of his, ahem, “worldview.” Either way, he’s letting personal/political judgments interfere with his professional duties.

Third possibility: Maybe he’s an agent with a good track record who really did suspect that there’s something going on that shouldn’t be swept under the rug. Time for his side of the story:

Two former law enforcement colleagues said Mr. Humphries was a solid agent with experience in counterterrorism, conservative political views and a reputation for aggressiveness.

“Fred is a passionate kind of guy,” said one former colleague. “He’s kind of an obsessive type. If he locked his teeth onto something, he’d be a bulldog.”

He helped catch the Millennium Bomber in just his third year with the Bureau. As for the shirtless pics:

“That picture was sent years before Ms. Kelley contacted him about this, and it was sent as part of a larger context of what I would call social relations in which the families would exchange numerous photos of each other,” Mr. Berger said.

The photo was sent as a “joke” and was of Mr. Humphries “posing with a couple of dummies.” Mr. Berger said the picture was not sexual in nature.

That would solve the mystery of why Kelley reached out to him for help with the weird e-mails she was receiving. It never made sense that she’d do that if she was creeped out by sexual photos he’d sent. It makes lots of sense if she wasn’t creeped out and had laughed them off. As for his worries about a cover-up, I’m seeing a debate play out online among people familiar with FBI protocol. The pro-White House side argues that it’s inappropriate to involve elected officials like the president in an ongoing investigation lest political considerations interfere with the case. Time magazine reached out, though, to Bush AG Michael Mukasey, who wrote a memo while in office laying down guidelines about avoiding political interference — and he says the memo doesn’t bar informing the White House of what’s going on in cases like this. On the contrary:

Unfortunately for the Obama team, there are huge holes in their arguments. For starters, Mukasey himself says there is no prohibition on Justice-to-White House communication in criminal investigations. “The memo makes it quite clear that not only is that not the case, it is explicitly not the case,” Mukasey told TIME Tuesday evening. Says Mukasey: “The point is not that the White House can never be apprised of a pending criminal investigation; the point is that the White House should not reach out and influence a pending criminal investigation.”

More to the point, Mukasey’s memo specifically instructs “all components of the Justice Department” that “it is critically important to have frequent and expeditious communications relating to national security matters, including counter-terrorism and counter-espionage issues.” If anything, the Mukasey memo orders Justice Department officials–including prosecutors and the FBI–to communicate with relevant political authorities when they make a discovery like they did in the Petraeus case.

The Mukasey memo isn’t binding on the current Attorney General, or the Justice Department. But it is not the only precedent that suggests the Administration handled the Petraeus affair badly.

Could be that Humphries did overstep his bounds by interfering in a case to which he wasn’t assigned and then telling Eric Cantor about it, but whether that was his “worldview” at play or a well founded suspicion that people who needed to know about this weren’t being told is unclear. Possibly relevant: It appears he knew right away that this case was potentially bigger than just a routine cyber-harassment case. One of the e-mails that Kelley showed him initially was a forwarded message from … Gen. John Allen, who’d been contacted by someone calling themselves “kellypatrol” to warn him about Jill Kelley. (That, of course, turned out to be Broadwell.) NBC:

As reported previously by NBC News, Kelley took the emails – including at least one from Allen – to the FBI agent she knew because they made reference to meetings she had planned with both Allen and Petraeus, the source said. Kelley wondered why an anonymous e-mailer would know that kind of detail and became concerned that someone was cyberstalking her or hacking into her e-mails, the person said.

So Humphries knew right off the bat that not only was Allen somehow involved in this but whoever was harassing Kelley had non-public info about both his and Petraeus’s whereabouts. Maybe that’s why he followed up on the case so doggedly, not because he was infatuated with Kelley. And maybe he had reason to be suspicious: According to Reuters, the feds have found much more classified information on Broadwell’s computer than they expected to. Could be that she had access to it rightfully, per her security clearance, and simply didn’t store it securely. We’ll see; that’s what the raid on her home two days ago was designed to find out.

Exit question: How open a secret was Petraeus’s affair with Broadwell? The Journal reports today that Kelley “developed misgivings after friends in her Tampa social circle urged her to drop the matter, saying the probe would only cause bigger problems…” That makes me think maybe her “social circle” guessed who was sending the e-mails because they knew what was going on with Broadwell and Petraeus. Oh, and one other question: How confident are you that Petraeus’s allies are telling the truth about his affair ending four months ago? Because, per this report from Fox News, that seems hard to square with Broadwell’s demeanor — and publishing aspirations — just last month.


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Bitches Be Crazy” – Sheldon Cooper The The Big Bang Theory

mechkiller_k on November 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Of course, that assumes that the documents weren’t planted in the first place.

tom on November 14, 2012 at 9:21 PM

And now we’re getting somewhere.

I don’t buy anything this admin says anymore. And I hope her lawyer was there when FBI showed up at the house. From what I see she is the only one so far telling any semblance of truth.

And as I stated above, I think that having Broadwell appear before House this Friday, right before Petraeus and before liberal leeches have any time to alert Hussein, will clear up a lot of things. For one, Petraeus will be very careful with what he states not having any idea of what Broadwell just told the committee minutes prior. Even he will think twice before asking for a long prison term.

I know that I am dreaming about anyone in GOP Congress having brains enough to do this. Setting up rats against each other is the only way to get to the bottom of this sordid Benghazi affair.

riddick on November 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Shirtless FBI Guy is named,er OUTED!!

Petraeus affair: Agent Shirtless, FBI man who sparked inquiry, is named

Frederick W Humphries II
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unmasked as investigator who was banned from case because of relationship with Jill Kelley
Thursday 15 November 2012 03.00 GMT
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The FBI agent who set in motion the investigation that brought down David Petraeus as CIA director, but was ordered to stay away from the case because of his alleged infatuation with a woman who prompted the inquiry, has been identified as a veteran terrorism investigator, Frederick W Humphries II.

The New York Times revealed the agent’s name and reported that his colleagues described him as having “conservative political views and a reputation for aggressiveness”.

Before his name was made public, Humphries had been dubbed Agent Shirtless after it was revealed that he once sent a topless picture of himself to Jill Kelley. Kelley’s subsequent complaint to Humphries about harassing emails from Petraeus’s mistress, Paula Broadwell, set in motion the investigation that forced the CIA director from office.

Humphries, a former military intelligence officer in the US army, is himself under internal investigation. The FBI ordered him to stay away from the Petraeus case, which did not fall within his expertise, because of his close ties to Kelley. Last month Humphries revealed the Petraeus probe to members of Congress because he said he was concerned about a cover-up. But the move could be seen as political with the potential to embarrass the president ahead of last week’s election.(More….)
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/15/petraeus-affair-instigator-fbi-named

canopfor on November 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Third possibility: Maybe he’s an agent with a good track record who really did suspect that there’s something going on that shouldn’t be swept under the rug. Time for his side of the story:
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Oops,sorry,hes already outed!

canopfor on November 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Maybe Kelley and her sister were ” used ” by
someone who wanted to expose the General .
They had motive …….. $$$$$
Opportunity ……… Tampa , DC , Marthas Vineyard .
Can’t remember the third thingy but it sounds as
logical as anything else .

Lucano on November 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM

And the sister dated Charlie Chirst .
Ewwwwwwwww .

Lucano on November 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

And the sister dated Charlie Chirst .
Ewwwwwwwww .

Lucano on November 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Crist denied this today on some show, just heard the clip. Didn’t want to piss off his house boy, perhaps.

TXUS on November 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM

How confident are you that Petraeus’s allies are telling the truth about his affair ending four months ago? Because, per this report from Fox News, that seems hard to square with Broadwell’s demeanor — and publishing aspirations — just last month.

This was explained days ago.

Deduction says Petraeus ended it because Mueller told him people were aware of the situation.

Broadwell freaked her out because she’s openly had aspirations to be the next NSA chief in Obama’s cabinet.

Petraeus was supposed to help lobby for her.

To appease her, he kept her in the circle because she wanted to write a book about his Iraq Unit.

But she wigged out on Jill Kelley, who we’ll eventually learn, had known Broadwell from numerous social gatherings in Florida.

What Broadwell thought Kelley was qualified for, no idea.

Unless she thought Kelley was a mole.

budfox on November 14, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Txus ,
That was really funny !
Thanks for the laugh .

Lucano on November 14, 2012 at 10:49 PM

***************** ALERTS ***************************

2 weeks before his resignation, former CIA Director Petraeus and Paula Broadwell attended an awards dinner – @NBCNews

24 mins ago from openchannel.nbcnews.com by editor

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/14/15174356-as-their-secret-dissolved-petraeus-broadwell-both-attended-awards-dinner?lite
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Report: Petraeus’s last days at CIA strained over disagreements on how to handle agency’s role in Benghazi – @WSJ

1 hour ago from online.wsj.com by editor
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324595904578119293804968764.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

canopfor on November 15, 2012 at 12:27 AM

There is no way to explain away classified files on a personal computer. It is the most serious offense short of knowingly passing the information to an unauthorized recipient (oh, wait she did that at a conference in Colorado and she was taped doing it!).

The information on her computer is, by definition, compromised. That personal computer had to connect to a classified system at some point to receive the files, either hard connection or intermediate (e.g., CD-R, DVD-R, thumb, etc.). The moment that happened, she’s doing a Bradley Manning.

She may not have passed the files on to another person, but her computer is not properly configured to protect the information. Her computer has been on the unclassified internet innummerable times. Her computer has had writable media connected to it who knows how many times since the classified data was saved on it. All of these events are opportunities for the classified information to be knowingly or unknowingly copied out via the interface or behind it.

Her computer has not been secured properly all this time and, thus far, I have heard no indication that she has a Facility Clearance to store classified in her home.

There is no knowing how many copies of the classified matter exists and where it might reside.

Someone commented that she’s the most honest person in this scandal. Seriously?

Cricket624 on November 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

There is no way to explain away classified files on a personal computer. It is the most serious offense short of knowingly passing the information to an unauthorized recipient (oh, wait she did that at a conference in Colorado and she was taped doing it!).

The information on her computer is, by definition, compromised. That personal computer had to connect to a classified system at some point to receive the files, either hard connection or intermediate (e.g., CD-R, DVD-R, thumb, etc.). The moment that happened, she’s doing a Bradley Manning.

She may not have passed the files on to another person, but her computer is not properly configured to protect the information. Her computer has been on the unclassified internet innummerable times. Her computer has had writable media connected to it who knows how many times since the classified data was saved on it. All of these events are opportunities for the classified information to be knowingly or unknowingly copied out via the interface or behind it.

Her computer has not been secured properly all this time and, thus far, I have heard no indication that she has a Facility Clearance to store classified in her home.

There is no knowing how many copies of the classified matter exists and where it might reside.

Someone commented that she’s the most honest person in this scandal. Seriously?

Cricket624 on November 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Yup , thats why they will prosecute her also if Petraeus tells
the truth .
Truth = destruction for all involved .

Lucano on November 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Fourth, and likely the Correct, Possibility:

YOU’RE A JACKWAGON WHO OUGHT TO SHUT UP!

williamg on November 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

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