November 14th, 2012
09:40 PM ET

FBI agent who sparked Petraeus probe identified

The New York Times reports the agent is Frederick W. Humphries II. He's 47, a veteran investigator and was the one who first learned of the complaint from Jill Kelley that she received harassing emails.

We're also learning the government has taken away for now the top security clearance of Paula Broadwell, the former mistress and biographer of CIA director David Petraeus. That's after investigators found substantial classified information on her computer. The question tonight is, did Broadwell's relationship with David Petraeus give her access to these classified documents?

Outfront tonight: CNN National Security contributor Fran Townsend. She's also a member of the CIA external advisory committee.

OutFront Update: Lawyer for Frederick W. Humphries II tells  Erin Burnett OutFront:

"I've looked at some of these stories and Mr. Humphries has been a stellar performer with the bureau for many, many years. He and his wife have been social friends with Ms. Kelley and her husband for many years – well before this incident. There's absolutely nothing between them. There's no amorous relationship between them. Absolutely none. They've been social friends for many years.

Amongst those pictures was one of Mr. Humphries posed with two dummies side by side with him – he's in the center – years before. That picture was embedded among other correspondence. There's nothing prurient in the picture. There's no sexual component to the picture. When he was contacted by Ms. Kelley who felt threatened, he merely reported the matter to the proper component of the bureau and had nothing to do with the investigation. He followed FBI protocol. He did not have a part of the case."

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