Meet the FBI agent in Petraeus scandal

Credit: Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times

FBI Agent Fred Humphries played a key role in the prosecution of Ahmed Ressam, the "Millennium bomber."

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on November 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

How Washington Rep. Dave Reichert got involved in the scandal that ended the CIA director's career became a little clearer Wednesday after the New York Times published a story identifying the FBI agent who played a key role in the case.

The agent was identified as Frederick W. Humphries II. His connection to the Pacific Northwest -- and hence to Reichert -- dates back to the 1999 Millennium bombing plot. "Colleagues and news reports described the role of Mr. Humphries, in just 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 in 1999 with a plan to set off a bomb at Los Angeles International Airport," the Times reported.

According to multiple news reports published over the past 5 days, Reichert referred Humphries to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Humphries was reportedly concerned that his report of harassing emails sent by the mistress of CIA Director David Petraeus to a mutual friend were being ignored.

"Convinced that the case was being stalled for political reasons, Mr. Humphries in late October contacted Representative Dave Reichert, a Republican from Washington State, where the F.B.I. agent had worked previously, to inform him of the case. Mr. Reichert put him in touch with the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, who passed the message to the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III," the Times reported.

Reichert represent's the 8th District, which is encompasses a large part of suburban King County east of Lake Washington. Before being elected to Congress, he served as King County's sheriff.

The Associated Press reported new details about the early chronology of the case that led to Petraeus's resignation.

The first anonymous email, which the FBI ultimately traced to Paula Broadwell, was sent in May to Marine Gen. John Allen. It warned Allen about his upcoming meeting with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley and suggested she would harm his reputation, a person close to Kelley told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the FBI investigation was continuing.

Starting about two weeks later, in early June, Kelley herself received the first of as many as five emails sent from different anonymous accounts alleging that she was up to no good, the person said. One of those mentioned Petraeus by name. By the end of June or early July, Kelley contacted an FBI agent in Tampa she had met years earlier, which began the agency's investigation of the matter and which ultimately led to the discovery of Petraeus's affair with his biographer, Broadwell.

Read the Seattle Times's 2002 profile of Humphries.

Compiled by KING5.com's Russ Walker.

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