Skip to comments.Shirtless FBI agent in Petraeus case getting a bad rap?
Posted on 11/15/2012 10:16:47 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
If you believed the earlier media reports about him, hes 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, hes letting personal/political judgments interfere with his professional duties.
Third possibility: Maybe hes an agent with a good track record who really did suspect that theres something going on that shouldnt 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. Hes kind of an obsessive type. If he locked his teeth onto something, hed 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 shed do that if she was creeped out by sexual photos hed sent. It makes lots of sense if she wasnt creeped out and had laughed them off. As for his worries about a cover-up, Im seeing a debate play out online among people familiar with FBI protocol. The pro-White House side argues that its 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 doesnt bar informing the White House of whats 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, Mukaseys 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 officialsincluding prosecutors and the FBIto communicate with relevant political authorities when they make a discovery like they did in the Petraeus case.
The Mukasey memo isnt 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 wasnt 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 werent 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, whod 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 Petraeuss whereabouts. Maybe thats 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 Broadwells computer than they expected to. Could be that she had access to it rightfully, per her security clearance, and simply didnt store it securely. Well see; thats what the raid on her home two days ago was designed to find out.
Exit question: How open a secret was Petraeuss 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 Petraeuss 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 Broadwells demeanor and publishing aspirations just last month.
It was known.
There were comments made on Wiki from a Centcom IP about Broadwell and Kelley.
Some very interesting detail.
Now weve learned that Jill Kelleythe Florida military socialite who helped launch the investigation into Petraeusalso made a surprising guest appearance on Wikipedia about 10 months ago, thanks to an edit by someone with a U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) IP address.
Hence the topless photo exchange.
First off, you are an idiot to do that crap. Second, you are a double idiot if you are an FBI agent and do that crap. The guy is an idiot.
What crap? Sending a shirtless photo to family friends? Did you read the article?
I think Kelley is a problem. Humphries? Even in this liberal day and age, there are still a few Don Quixotes out there fighting for the honor of a questionable woman. Could be as simple as that.
Play around with black widows. Expect to get bit.
Yes. Who in their right mind would be sending shirtless shots of themselves. I read the article. Stupid crap.
Exchange? I thought the topless photo only went in one direction?
“Who in their right mind would be sending shirtless shots of themselves.”
How about tens of millions of men and boys, who send snaps of themselves at the beach?
Just the kind of guy that someone like Jill Kelley could manipulate to her own ends.
Kelly and family looks to be more fertile territory.
Given Paula Broadwell’s documented accomplishments compared to Jill Kelley’s flim flam bankrupt life style, Agent Shirtless was clearly investigating the wrong person.
This is your basic Soviet style Disinformation to muddy the waters, divert attention from the real story, which is Obama’s high crimes.
Well the media is all over it.