Frederick W. Humphries II
Dover (Florida) Nov. 15: The FBI agent who spurred the investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as CIA director is a “hard-charging” veteran who helped investigate the foiled millennium terrorist plot in 1999.
The agent, Frederick W. Humphries II, 47, is also described by former colleagues as relentless in his pursuit of what he sees as wrongdoing.
Suspecting that the case involved serious security issues and was being stalled, possibly for political reasons — a suspicion his superiors say was unjustified — he took his concerns to Congressional Republicans. “Fred is a passionate kind of guy,” one former colleague said. “He’s kind of an obsessive type. If he locked his teeth onto something, he’d be a bulldog.”
Humphries took the initial complaint from Jill Kelley, a Tampa woman active in local military circles and a personal friend, about anonymous e-mails that accused her of inappropriately flirtatious behaviour towards Petraeus.
The subsequent cyberstalking investigation uncovered an extramarital affair between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, his biographer, who agents determined had sent the anonymous emails.
By all accounts, Humphries doggedly pursued Kelley’s cyberstalking complaint. Lawrence Berger, the general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said Humphries only received the information from Jill and never played a role in the investigation.
Berger said Humphries and his wife had been “social friends with Ms. Kelley”.
Berger took issue with reports that said his client had sent shirtless pictures of himself to Jill. “That picture was sent years before Ms. Kelley contacted him about this,” he said. The photo was sent as a joke, Berger said, adding that it was not sexual in nature.
Humphries conservative political views and a reputation for being aggressive, two colleagues said. Colleagues described the role of Humphries in building the case against Ahmed Ressam, who was detained as he tried to enter the US from Canada with a plan to set off a bomb in Los Angeles.
In May 2010, after he had moved to the Tampa field office, Humphries fatally shot a knife-wielding man near a gate of MacDill Air Force base. A state prosecutor declined to prosecute the case, and two reviews found that the use of force had been justified.