Times: Shirtless photo of FBI agent in Petraeus scandal silly, not scandalous

Times: Shirtless photo of FBI agent in Petraeus scandal silly, not scandalous

Credit: Special to The SeattleTimes

This photograph shows FBI Special Agent Frederick W. Humphries posing with target dummies following a SWAT practice. This is the "shirtless image" that has been alluded to in the investigation into emails that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. Humphries sent the 2010 photograph to many people, including Tampa socialite Jill Kelley and a reporter at The Seattle Times.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 9:02 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Seattle Times describes a photograph of a shirtless FBI agent in the case that forced CIA Director David Petraeus to resign abruptly as silly but not scandalous.
  
The Times says FBI agent Frederick Humphries sent the photograph to friend and Florida socialite Jill Kelley and others, including one of the paper's own reporters, in an email Sept. 9, 2010.
  
The subject line read: "Which one is Fred?" The newspaper says it shows "Humphries -- bald, muscular and shirtless -- standing between a pair of equally buff and bullet-ridden target dummies on a shooting range."

According to the Times, the photo was sent from a joint personal email account shared by Humphries' wife. Humphries said that at one point a supervisor posted the picture on an FBI bulletin board as a joke and that his wife has a framed copy.
  
That photograph helped land Humphries in hot water. The FBI is investigating Humphries for talking with Republican lawmakers about the investigation into harassing emails that Kelley received from Petraeus's biographer and mistress.

The Petraeus scandal will be put aside Friday as the general testifies before a Congressional committee on the Benghazi attacks. As CIA director, Petraeus went to Libya to investigate the September 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic post. Four Americans died. Friday's hearing will take place behind closed doors.

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