So now we know the FBI agent who leaked sensitive information about the ongoing cyber stalking investigation of Jill Kelley to Eric Cantor. Yeah, this guy:
Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, the official said — that the case had stalled. Because of his “worldview,” as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell him of the agent’s concerns.His name is Frederick W. Humphries and is profiled in the New York Times:
The official said the agent’s self-described “whistle-blowing” was “a little embarrassing” but had no effect on the investigation.
Two former law enforcement colleagues said Mr. Humphries was a solid agent with experience in counterterrorism, conservative political views and a reputation for aggressiveness.Oh and those shirtless photos he had sent Kelley?
“Fred is a passionate kind of guy,” said one former colleague. “He’s kind of an obsessive type. If he locked his teeth onto something, he’d be a bulldog.”
Mr. Berger (representing Mr. Humphries) took issue with news media reports that have said his client sent shirtless pictures of himself to Ms. Kelley.I'm willing to give Humphries the benefit of the doubt here, these things can get blown out of proportion. He has a much more serious problem to worry about though:
“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.
A law enforcement official said that disclosing a confidential investigation even to members of Congress could violate F.B.I. rules. But the official said Mr. Humphries’s conduct was under review and that he had not been suspended or punished in any way.But as Marcy Wheeler notes, the New York Times article doesn't mention who informed Kelley the emails were from Paula Broadwell or specifically how Humphries tried to "insert himself improperly into the investigation." I guess we'll just have to wait until that's leaked as well.