---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ARTICLES BY YEAR 2022 May https://www.stripes.com/theaters/us/2022-05-06/fat-leonard-testimony-alcohol-sex-fueled-parties-5916779.html April https://www.stripes.com/branches/navy/2022-04-29/fat-leonard-trial-prosecutors-5839574.html March KGTV 2022/03/03 Trial Underway In ‘Fat Leonard’ Navy Scandal Those pleading not guilty are Read Adm. Bruce Loveless, Capts. David Newland, James Dolan and David Lausman, and Cmdr. Mario Herrera. Their trial began Wednesday at the Federal Courthouse downtown…Meanwhile, attorney Joseph Dominic Mancano, representing newland said the prosecution’s investigation was through a spyglass, adding it relied too much on Francis, who he called corrupt and dishonest. He added Newland never got involved with prostitutes. Various media showing KGTV material, including but not limited to: https://corruptionbuzz.com/2022/03/03/trial-underway-in-fat-leonard-navy-scandal/ KPBS dot org 2022/03/07 Navy's 'Fat Leonard' scandal goes to trial. By Steve Walsh https://www.kpbs.org/news/local/2022/03/07/navys-fat-leonard-scandal-goes-to-trial Navy Times ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery trial to expose pervasive problem, analysts say. By Julie Watson https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2022/03/02/fat-leonard-bribery-trial-to-expose-pervasive-problem-analysts-say/ Excerpt: “While scores of Navy officials were partying with Leonard Francis, a massive breach of national security was in full swing,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said recently. …“You would expect that one of the largest corruption scandals in the history of the United States Navy would provoke pretty dramatic changes to prevent something like this from happening again in the future. But sadly, that’s not really the case,” said Dan Grazier, a former Marine who now works as a military analyst at the Project on Government Oversight in Washington. Prosecutors say Francis and his company overcharged the U.S. military by more than $35 million for its services between 2004 and 2013, which included providing food and water to the ships at Pacific ports in Asia. February Complex Histories dot wordpress 2022/02/13 https://complexhistories.wordpress.com/2022/02/13/thoughts-on-fat-leonard/ January Corruption Buzz 2022/01/11 Chief Warrant Officer Pleads Guilty In International Navy Bribery And Fraud Scandal | USAO-SDCA By Corruption Buzz https://corruptionbuzz.com/2022/01/11/chief-warrant-officer-pleads-guilty-in-international-navy-bribery-and-fraud-scandal-usao- sdca/ RT [note RT is reputed to be a Russian propaganda media site included it here so you know what they are saying] 2022/01/07 Sex, lies and trade deals: how a businessman bribed half ... https //www rt.com/usa/542682-fat-leonard-francis-scandal One of the men, quite drunk by now, opened a case on the desk containing a replica of McArthur’s famous corn-cob pipe and grabbed a woman.” Fat Leonard, as he came to be 2021 Military dot com 2021/09/01 Retired Navy Officer [Chief Warrant Officer Robert Gorsuch] Pleads Guilty to Bribery in 'Fat Leonard' Trial (Assoc. Press) https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/09/01/retired-navy-officer-pleads-guilty-bribery-fat-leonard-trial.html San Diego Union Tribune 2021/12/22 Fat Leonard Podcaster Recordings https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2021-12-22/fat-leonard-podcaster-recordings 2021/11/21 Fat Leonard Podcast https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2021-11-21/fat-leonard-podcast 2021/09/03 Plead Guilty Fat Leonard https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2021-09-03/plead-guilty-fat-leonard 2021/08/31 Former Navy officer pleads gulty as Fat Leonard Bribery trial nears https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2021-08-31/former-navy-officer-pleads-guilty-as-fat-leonard-bribery- trial-nears Stripes 2021/11/22 ‘Fat Leonard’ — central figure in US Navy corruption case .. .https://www.stripes.com/branches/navy/2021-11-22/... Retired Marine colonel is second to plead guilty this week in ‘Fat Leonard’ Navy bribery case 2021/09/04 Retired Marine colonel is second to plead guilty this week .. .https://www.stripes.com/theaters/us/2021-09-04/... The anticipated criminal trial in the Navy’s sprawling “Fat Leonard” scandal continues to narrow, with a second military officer pleading guilty ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020 Navy dot mil 202/08/20 last updated https://www.navy.mil/Leadership/Biographies/BioDisplay/Article/2236178/rear-admiral-bruce-loveless/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 HuffPost 2019/12/27 Navy SEALs Detail Eddie Gallagher's Gruesome Alleged War Crimes: Report "I saw Eddie take a shot at probably a 12- year-old kid," one SEAL told investigators. By Sara Boboltz https://www.huffpost.com/entry/navy-seals-eddie-gallagher-war-crimes-new-york-times_n_5e061518c5b6b5a713ad85e0 San Diego Union Tribune-2019/08/06 see Task And Purpose below Task and Purpose (showing San Diego Union Tribune-2019/08/06) 2019/08/06 Admiral that oversaw Eddie Gallagher prosecution implicated in ‘Fat Leonard’ probe, Navy documents indicate. By Andrew Dyer San Diego Union Tribune Redacted Navy documents and the command history of Navy Region Southwest Commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar indicate she was investigated in connection with the so-called "Fat Leonard" scandal and had received gifts from the contractor in 1998 https://taskandpurpose.com/news/admiral-that-oversaw-eddie-gallagher-prosecution-implicated-in-fat-leonard-probe-navy- documents-indicate/ USNI US Naval Institute 2019/01/24 Paying price hidden cost Fat Leonard investigation. By Sam LaGrone. https://news.usni.org/2019/01/24/paying-price-hidden-cost-fat-leonard-investigationWashington Post 2017/03/18 Navy officers convicted of corruption in ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal haven’t lost their pensions. By Craig Whitlock Gilbeau is one of seven current or former Navy officers who have pleaded guilty in an epic corruption and bribery scandal but are still eligible for generous retirement benefits, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 Rolling Stones 2018/03/11 Fat Leonard’s Crimes on the High Seas The rise and fall of the defense contractor who bought off Navy brass with meals, liquor, women and bribes By JESSE HYDE https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/fat-leonards-crimes-on-the-high-seas-197055/ Navy Times 2018/03/15 ‘Fat Leonard’ [Rear Adm. Adrian Jansen] keeps high-level security clearance. By Geoff Ziezulewicz https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/03/15/fat-leonard-admiral-keeps-high-level-security-clearance/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017 Justice dot gov 2017/03/14 U.S. Navy Admiral Plus Eight Officers Indicted as Part of Corrupt Team that Worked Together to Trade Navy Secrets for Sex Parties Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark W. Pletcher (619) 546-9714 and Patrick Hovakimian (619) 546-9718 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – March 14, 2017 https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/us-navy-admiral-plus-eight-officers-indicted-part-corrupt-team-worked-together-trade Heavy 2017/03/14 Bruce Loveless: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | … https://heavy.com/news/2017/03/bruce-loveless-navy... Loveless Is Accused of Taking Bribes In the Form of Gifts & Prostitutes. High Ranking US … He Was Suspended of His Duties in 2013 for Corruption. After the government ''got him'', US … Loveless Played a Big Role In Many High-Profile Assignments. Loveless has an extensive … Loveless Was the Recipient of Many Military Honors. In his time in the Navy, Loveless … See full list on heavy.com Journal Gazette Navy yet to decide on pensions over scandal. Craig Whitlock | Washington Post https://www.journalgazette.net/news/us/Navy-yet-to-decide-on-pensions-over-scandal-18333651 Navy Matters Blog Spot 2017/04/10 Integrity http://navy-matters.blogspot.com/2017/04/integrity.htmlNote From PF: I really like this article. It speaks to the core of what I feel are the issues at hand. I have done some rearranging of the paragraph structures and applied italics where I felt he was making a particularly important point. I am deeply grateful that someone stepped up to the plate and wrote on these critical matters. Excerpt: The “Fat Leonard” scandal that has rocked the Navy and the 7th Fleet, in particular, has, thus far, seen several current and former Navy commanders, including admirals, convicted of various charges with several others “censured or disciplined” for ethics violations. Currently, 30 admirals are still under investigation (5). Charges and violations cover the gamut from “simple” ethics violations to bribery, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators. So, that’s somewhere around 40 people involved in just one scandal and the investigation is still ongoing. More people will, undoubtedly be charged. The 7th Fleet command structure was, apparently, riddled with criminals. Even more disturbing than the violations and the number of people fired or charged with crimes is that none of these people were called out by their peers. Do you really think that all these hundreds of people were able to conduct their misdeeds in utter secrecy from those who worked closely with them on a day to day basis with some of the misdeeds covering years? Of course not! Other people knew that wrongs were being committed and those who knew but said nothing are just as guilty of a failure of integrity (if not actual crimes!) as the principals. For the period 2011- 2016, we see that there were around 120 firings and another 30+ firings, charges, and convictions in the Fat Leonard scandal. Those, alone, give us a total of around 150 people who demonstrated a direct lack of integrity. If we assume, conservatively, that five other people knew about each individual’s failures but said nothing, we have an additional 750 command level people who also demonstrated ethical cowardice and a lack of integrity by not speaking up and reporting. That has us approaching a thousand integrity-challenged command level people who failed themselves, the Navy, and the nation. Note that we’re not even considering executive officer and below levels – just command levels. There’s yet another level of integrity failings that we’ve documented in this blog and that is the commonplace practice of retired admirals taking jobs with the very defense industry companies that they were supposed to be dealing with during service. At the very least, this represents an egregious conflict of interest and may well constitute actual bribery, extortion, and payback. Thus, add dozens and dozens of retired admirals to the list of demonstrably integrity-challenged command level people. While taking such jobs may not be against the law, it’s certainly a clear case of a lack of integrity and judgment unworthy of flag officers. Admirals have a pretty nice retirement package so it’s not like they desperately need the money. Thus far, this post is depressing but the real point has not yet been made. The real point is that the Navy is clearly systemically integrity-challenged and yet, if we go to war tomorrow, these are the very people who will be leading us in combat. Do we really want these kinds of people to be our combat leaders? Do we really think people with no integrity will lead us to victory? Even more immediately relevant is the fact that these people are making today’s decisions about tomorrow’s weapons, systems, and platforms. We’ve repeatedly noted the highly questionable (baffling?) decisions being made about various acquisition programs that seem to have no other explanation than graft, corruption, and payback in the form of retirement jobs with defense companies. Are these the people we want shaping our future Navy? http://navy-matters.blogspot.com/2017/04/integrity.html Radio Australia 2017/03/17 Senior Australian sailors investigated over US Navy 'Fat Leonard' sex/bribery scandal. By Andrew Greene RT (Question More) 2017/03/15-16 Navy Officers Fat Leonard https://www.rt.com/usa/380861-navy-officers-fat-leonard/Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz Excerpt: Born in Cambodia during Vietnam war Task & Purpose 2017/09/23 https://taskandpurpose.com/news/ted-branch-navy-fat-leonard/ Washington Post 2017/03/18 Navy officers convicted of corruption in Fat Leonard Scandal https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/navy-officers-convicted-of-corruption-in-fat-leonard-scandal-havent-lost-their- pensions/2017/03/18/d60c6d4c-0363-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html?utm_term=.43b5ebb4e105 USNI dot org 2017/09/22 Former Naval Intelligence Chief Ted Branch Cleared in ‘Fat Leonard’ Case. By: Sam LaGrone https://news.usni.org/2017/09/22/former-naval-intelligence-chief-ted-branch-cleared-fat-leonard-case ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016 National Interest dot org-2016/06/28 brief NPR 2016/06/09 US Rear Admiral Pleads Guilty in Fat Leonard Navy Bribery and Fraud Case. By Bill Chappell http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/09/481475338/u-s-rear-admiral-pleads-guilty-in-fat-leonard-navy-bribery-and- fraud-case Paul Davis on Crime 2016/05 Three Navy Officers Charged http://www.pauldavisoncrime.com/2016/05/three-navy-officers-charged-in.html 2016/05 Fat Leonard Man Who Seduced US Navy (Brief) http://www.pauldavisoncrime.com/2016/05/fat-leonard-francis-man-who-seduced-us.html photo: a photo shows Leonard with Admiral Mike Mullen. San Diego Union Tribune 2016/12/28 Navy repeatedly dismissed evidence 'Fat Leonard' was cheating the 7th Fleet. By Craig Whitlock http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-fat-leonard-20161228-story.html Excerpt: The Navy allowed the worst corruption scandal in its history to fester for several years by dismissing a flood of evidence that the rotund Asian defense contractor was cheating the service out of millions of dollars and bribing officers with booze, sex and lavish dinners, newly released documents show. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-fat-leonard-20161228-story.html Reuters 2016/06/23 Former Pentagon official pleads guilty in 'Fat ... - Reuters 2016/06/23 http //www reuters com/article/us-usa-navy-corruption-idUSKCN0Z92BZ RT 2016/01/29 Sex & Lady Gaga tickets: Another US Navy officer pleads guilty to corruption Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz is the latest US Navy officer to plead guilty in a massive corruption scandal involving a defense contractor and dozens of naval personnel. https //www rt com/usa/330570-navy-commander-guilty-bribery/ San DIego Union Tribune 2016/12/02 Simpkins Sentence http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-me-simpkins-sentence-20161202-story.html Excerpt: When a Navy official asked to take a second look at invoices submitted by contractor “Fat” Leonard Francis for services his company performed during a ship visit to Hong Kong, the request was quickly thwarted. The admonishment sent to the official by supervising civilian Navy contract specialist Paul Simpkins was sharp: “Do not request any invoices from the ship … do not violate this instruction. Contact the ship and rescind your request.” http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-me-simpkins-sentence-20161202-story.html 2016/10/14 Ex-NCIS agent imprisoned in 'Fat Leonard' Navy fraud scheme. By Kristina Davis http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sd-me-ncis-sentence-20161014-story.html Washington Post 2016/05/27 The Man Who Seduced the 7th Fleet. By Craig Whitlock http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2016/05/27/the-man-who-seduced-the-7th- fleet/?utm_term=.eef4dec275a12016/01/21 Epic Navy bribery scandal shows how easy it can be to steal military secret. By Craig Whitlock https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/21/sentencing-in-epic-navy-bribery-scandal-shows-how- easy-it-was-to-steal-military-secrets/ Excerpt: Layug: In the scheme of things, Layug was a small fish – a petty officer first class assigned to the supply corps at a Navy base in Japan….But evidence gathered in Layug’s case exposes the simple and audacious nature of the bribery racket, including how easy it was for him to pilfer secrets, and how nobody noticed for years….In 2010, Layug was assigned to the USS Blue Ridge, the command flagship for the Navy’s 7th Fleet, based in Japan. The next year, he was transferred to the Navy’s Fleet Logistics Center in Yokosuka, Japan, where he helped to provide logistical support to Navy vessels throughout the Pacific.In those positions, Layug had easy access to two things Glenn Defense Marine dearly wanted: classified information about Navy ship movements, including which ports they intended to visit; and trade secrets about what the competition was charging to supply those vessels. According to federal investigators, it didn’t take much to buy off the sailor. First, a Glenn Defense Marine executive gave him an unlocked cell phone. Over time, as Layug proved cooperative, the defense contractor fed his appetite for consumer electronics, bribing him with an iPad 3, a Wii video game console, a Blackberry phone, a Sony VAIO laptop, and a Nikon D5200 digital camera, documents filed by prosecutors show. They also indulged his desire for a good time, providing him and his Navy buddies with free luxury hotel rooms during their visits to ports in Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, according to the documents. Starting in May 2012, Layug also received an “allowance” of $1,000 per month from Glenn Defense Marine, usually in envelopes of cash, the document show. In exchange, on at least five occasions, Layug handed over classified information about Navy ship schedules. To gather the material, the sailor simply entered a secure room aboard the USS Blue Ridge, logged onto a classified computer terminal and printed out the schedules. All documents in the secure room had to be printed on pink paper, to signify that the material was classified. But Layug just added a blank cover sheet, walked off the ship and took the documents home, according to investigators….In contrast, prosecutors sought a 27-month prison term for Layug, contending that he put national security at risk by selling the classified ship schedules, which reveal the planned movement of Navy warships up to a year in advance. “As seems abundantly obvious, in the wrong hands, this information would provide a substantial advantage to those intent on doing our Sailors, our Navy, and our Nation harm, essentially allowing them to know when and where to plan an attack,” wrote Pletcher, the federal prosecutor overseeing the case. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015 Capital Gazette 2015/07/15 Navy: Former USNA superintendent [Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller] censured over gifts. By Tim Prudente https://www.capitalgazette.com/ph-ac-cn-miller-retires-0718-20150717-story.html San Diego Union Tribune 2015/11/14 Timeline of Fat Leonard Scandal. By Greg Moran http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sdut-timeline-of-fat-leonard-scandal-2015nov14-htmlstory.html 2015/07/20 Admiral loses star in ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal. Letters detail how former Ronald Reagan carrier leaders took pricey gifts from contractor By Jeanette Steele https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sdut-fat-leonard-censure-letters-2015jul20-htmlstory.html 2015/05/22 Fat Leonard Bribery - Bail Release Request http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-fat-leonard-francis-navy-bribery-bail-release-2015may22-htmlstory.html Silent Soldier 2016/12/28 Navy Repeatedly Dismissed Evidence that Fat Leonard Was Cheating the 7th Fleet https://silentsoldier.us/ 2016/12/28/navy-repeatedly-dismissed-evidence-that-fat-leonard-was-cheating-the-7th-fleet/[Note from PF: as of 2020/05/08 it looks like this website is no longer active] Time 2015/01/06 USNI 2015/02/10 SECNAV Mabus Censures Three Admirals in Fallout from ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigation. By Sam LaGrone https://news.usni.org/2015/02/10/secnav-mabus-censures-three-admirals-fallout-fat-leonard-investigation Washington Post 2015/07/17 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/21/sentencing-in-epic-navy-bribery-scandal-shows-how- easy-it-was-to-steal-military-secrets/ 2015/07/17 Three US Admirals Censured [Pimpo, Miller, Kraft]. By Craig Whitlock Excerpt: The incidents occurred nearly a decade ago, while all three officers — Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft and Rear Adm. David R. Pimpo — were assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group… On Friday night, the Navy released a handful of documents that shed new light on the case but withheld many others. Journalists had sought the public records for the past five months under the Freedom of Information Act.https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/three-us-admirals-censured-in-fat-leonard-corruption- probe/2015/07/17/7f29ca1a-2b1f-11e5-a5ea- cf74396e59ec_story.html?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.a80f03144f15Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Leonard_scandal 20 Committee2015/01/16 Fat Leonard Sinks the Navyhttps://20committee.com/2015/01/16/fat-leonard-sinks-the- navy/Excerpt: If the Navy expects to win the next war, it needs to restore confidence in its integrity, especially to its junior sailors, who see senior officers and admirals getting rich and living the high life, while their own careers, and often lives, can be ruined over a whiff of scandal regarding drink or women of the kind that sailors until recently would have termed “the weekend.” Puritanism for the lower ranks and wild (illegal) partying for the higher ranks is a great way to destroy morale. The FBI needs to be brought in to figure out what really happened in the Fat Leonard drama, since the NCIS was itself compromised in the scandal, moreover its track record on high-profile investigations is less than stellar. There are troubling counterintelligence aspects of the GDMA story that need full and proper investigation. Additionally, a high- ranking panel must be convened by the Pentagon to produce recommendations on how to clean Updates: 2022/03/11 Navy Times-2022/03/02 article added; 2022/01/26; 2022/01/14 Singapore moved to Fat Leo 8d; 2022/01/12-13 this section Fat Leonard 8c was added today
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