FBI Agent’s Shirtless Photo Was Decidedly Unsexy

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FBI Special Agent Fred Humphries, who is assigned to the Seattle, Washington, field office, was in charge of the Ahmed Ressam case. The investigation, his first major international case, focused on the man who turned out to be a terrorist.
Photo: STEVE RINGMAN/SEATTLE TIMES/Newscom

In the hours since the man formerly known as Shirtless FBI Agent was revealed to be 47-year-old Frederick W. Humphries II, a few details have emerged that suggest he’s less sleazy than previously believed. A Seattle Times reporter also received the e-mail in question, and elaborated on the New York Times’ earlier revelation that it involved dummies:

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The subject line read: “Which one is Fred?”

The snapshot shows Humphries — bald, muscular and shirtless — standing between a pair of headless but equally buff and bullet-ridden target dummies on a shooting range.

The joke — over which was the dummy — has now backfired in ways he couldn’t have imagined on Sept. 9, 2010, when it was first sent.

While Humphries’s decision to tip off a congressman about an ongoing FBI investigation still seems questionable, in his defense, he once foiled a plot to blow up LAX.

While Humphries’s decision to tip off a congressman about an ongoing FBI investigation still seems questionable, in his defense, he once foiled a plot to blow up LAX.