In mid-June, Kelley called an FBI agent she had met and told him about the e-mails. He took copies to the bureau’s Tampa office because the material showed that the sender had detailed knowledge of the travel schedules of Petraeus and Allen and because Kelley expressed concern for her safety.
The agent was identified Wednesday as Frederick Humphries, 47, who knew Kelley from a visit to her house on an unrelated case years earlier, according to law enforcement officials. Humphries was not assigned to the harassment case, but he later became frustrated about what he thought was a lagging investigation of a possible national security breach.
In late October, Humphries raised his concerns with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Cantor’s chief of staff telephoned the FBI director’s chief of staff. After the call, the Justice Department disclosed the existence of the investigation of Petraeus to James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, on Nov. 6. Clapper told the White House the next day, and Petraeus resigned last Friday.
The FBI’s last interview with Petraeus occurred Oct. 31, and Justice Department officials have argued that they could not disclose the existence of the investigation until it was concluded.
While the law enforcement officials said the FBI did not initially believe the case raised national security concerns, officials and others told The Washington Post that Broadwell had access to the schedules of high-level officials and other information that was stamped “secret.”
A former colleague of Broadwell’s described receiving a computer disc from her several months ago that contained material marked “secret” and included both personal schedules and PowerPoint presentations.
Broadwell’s possession and handling of such information is at the center of the FBI probe. U.S. law enforcement officials said they found a “significant amount” of classified files on Broadwell’s personal computer. They also removed boxes of evidence from her home in North Carolina in a search Monday night.
Broadwell and Petraeus both told investigators that he did not provide classified materials to her during her research for his biography. Although Broadwell previously held a security clearance, an Army spokesman indicated Wednesday that her clearance has been suspended in light of the recent disclosures.
In his news conference, Obama said, “I have no evidence at this point from what I’ve seen that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have had a negative impact on our national security.” His words appeared to be chosen to not rule out the mishandling of classified files.