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‘Shirtless’ FBI Agent, A Hero And Conservative

From the New York Times:

Veteran F.B.I. Agent Helped Start Petraeus E-Mail Inquiry

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, SCOTT SHANE and ALAIN DELAQUÉRIÈRE | November 15, 2012

DOVER, Fla. — The F.B.I. agent who spurred the investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director is a “hard-charging” veteran who helped investigate the foiled millennium terrorist plot in 1999, colleagues said on Wednesday.

The agent, Frederick W. Humphries II, 47, is also described by former colleagues as relentless in his pursuit of what he sees as wrongdoing, which appears to describe his role in the F.B.I. investigation involving Mr. Petraeus. 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…

Buried in this typically long and meandering Times story we find:

Lawrence Berger, the general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, who spoke with Mr. Humphries, said Mr. Humphries only received the information from Ms. Kelley and never played a role in the investigation.

Mr. Berger said Mr. Humphries and his wife had been “social friends with Ms. Kelley and her husband prior to the day she referred the matter to him.”

“They always socialized and corresponded,” he said.

Mr. Berger took issue with news media reports that said his client had sent shirtless pictures of himself to Ms. Kelley.

“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, he said, and was of Mr. Humphries “posing with a couple of dummies.” Mr. Berger added that it was not sexual in nature.

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

Colleagues and news reports described the role of Mr. Humphries, who in 1999 was in his third year at the F.B.I., in building the case against Ahmed Ressam, who was detained as he tried to enter the United States from Canada with a plan to set off a bomb at Los Angeles International Airport.

In May 2010, after he had moved to the Tampa field office, Mr. Humphries fatally shot a knife-wielding man near a gate of MacDill Air Force base. A state prosecutor declined to prosecute the case, and the Justice Department’s civil rights division and an internal F.B.I. review board each also found that the use of force had been justified, according to bureau records…

How come it took so long for these details to come out?

Meanwhile, we have this from the Associated Press:

FBI agent in Petraeus scandal has been a hero

November 14, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa FBI agent who prompted the investigation that resulted in CIA Director David Petraeus’ resignation is no stranger to the limelight.

FBI Special Agent Frederick Humphries II played a key role in stopping a terrorist attack aimed at blowing up Los Angeles International Airport just as the year 2000 dawned. He also fatally shot a man who threatened him and other law enforcement officers with a knife during an altercation at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base in 2010.

Humphries was the agent who initially saw the emails Petraeus’ biographer, Paula Broadwell, sent to Tampa socialite Julie Kelley. Humphries thought the emails raised serious concerns because the anonymous author knew the comings and goings of Petraeus and Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

This is the full extent of the AP’s story. Note the conspicuous absence of any details about how the ‘shirtless’ photo came about.

After all, Humphries is a conservative. So he deserves all the derision the media can muster. Even if they have to make it up.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, November 15th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “‘Shirtless’ FBI Agent, A Hero And Conservative”

  1. BillK

    There is no end to liberal mudslinging and it will only get worse.




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