11/14/2012 06:46 pm ET Updated Nov 15, 2012

Frederick Humphries Identified As FBI Agent Who Started Petraeus Investigation

The FBI agent who began the investigation into David Petraeus' affair with Paula Broadwell has been identified as Frederick W. Humphries II, the New York Times reports.

The investigation, which led Petraeus to resign from his post as CIA director last Friday, was sparked when Tampa socialite Jill Kelley complained to Humphries that she was receiving threatening and harassing emails about her friendship with Petraeus. The FBI later traced the emails back to Broadwell, who was discovered to be having an affair with Petraeus.

Humphries' role in the scandal became of interest when reports emerged that he had been dismissed from the case after becoming "obsessed with the matter." Officials involved in the case reportedly found that he had sent Kelley shirtless photos of himself. According to Humphries' lawyer, he was never assigned to the case, and the photo sent to Kelley was intended as a "joke."

"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," Lawrence Berger, Humphries' lawyer, told the Times.



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