The FBI agent who first brought David Petraeus’ extramarital affair to the attention of the bureau has been identified as Frederick Humphries II, the bureau’s special agent who played a major role in preventing a terrorist attack intended to bomb the Los Angeles Airport just after the year 2000 went by.
Humphries is depicted by former coworkers as persistent in his tracking down of whatever crime and misconduct he notices. This same characteristic was fully in play when took leading role in the Petraeus case.
Being a friend of Jill Kelley, Humphries brought her concerns regarding threatening emails to the bureau’s cyber squadron in Tampa. The lead of Humphries took the shape of a full-fledged probe and finally led to the discovery of Petraeus’ extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, his biographer, forcing the former CIA director to resign from his position.
Now Humphries finds himself in the middle of the enlarging scandal that also ensnared Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. Gen. Allen became party to the case after the bureau agents found that he had exchanged sexually suspicious emails with Kelley.
Meanwhile, some law enforcement sources have said that Humphries grew to be disappointed after he was cut out of the information loop as the probe progressed. Thus, he decided to take his concerns to congressional Republicans.
According to reports, Humphries brought information about the case to Rep. Dave Reichert. Furthermore, he passed on exclusive details of the case to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, sparking concerns regarding national security. Some legislators even voiced their frustrations over being left out of the information circle.
The FBI is reportedly assessing its disgruntled agent’s conduct in the case. The bureau is also making assessment of the telephone call Humphries made to Rep. Reichert.
Sources also suggest that Humphries once sent a shirtless photograph of himself to Kelley, but it took place a long time ago.
“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,” said Lawrence Berger, the general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, who spoke with Mr. Humphries, according to the New York Times.