Defenders of the FBI agent who emailed a shirtless photo of himself to Jill Kelley said the image was a joke. Now that it's been leaked to The Seattle Times's Mike Carter, we understand why. The agent, Frederick W. Humphries II, sent this photo of himself posing with shooting targets whose flesh tone, head shape, and baldness closely resemble Humphries himself.
If you haven't been following every twist of the Love Pentagon saga, Humphries is the FBI agent who pushed the FBI to investigate harassing emails sent from someone calling themselves "KelleyPatrol" to Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who has to a remarkable degree worked her way into the social circles of that town's high-ranking military officers. That investigation eventually uncovered that KelleyPatrol was Paula Broadwell, who was David Petraeus's biographer and, it turned out, his lover. The investigation also uncovered emails between Kelley and Gen. John Allen.
The New York Times reported last night that Humphries was admonished by his supervisors for trying to insert himself into the Kelley case, which he was never officially assigned. And Humphries appears to be the reason it resurfaced when he went to Reps. Dave Reichart and Eric Cantor to discuss the case in late October.
The report of a shirtless photograph led many — including perhaps the FBI — to conclude that there was an inappropriate relationship between Humphries and Kelley. But now that we've seen the photo, it's pretty close to the description of Lawrence Berger, the general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.
“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.
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