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Navy's 'Fat Leonard' Bribe Scandal Gets a Lot Worse
Now two admirals are under investigation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2013 9:26 AM CST
Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, left, and Vice Adm. Ted Branch in an official portraits.   (AP Photo/US Navy)

(Newser) – News that two admirals have been implicated in an ever-growing bribery case makes it the worst scandal to hit the Navy since the infamous Tailhook debauchery of 1991, says the Washington Post. The service last night announced that Vice Adm. Ted Branch and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless have been put on temporary leave and stripped of their security clearances, reports AP. They're the latest and highest-ranking Navy personnel linked to an investigation of improper relations with Singapore-based contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia. Its chief executive, Leonard Glenn Francis—known in the Navy as "Fat Leonard"—was arrested in September.

A quick version of the allegations against him is that he got members of the Navy brass to feed him classified information about ship movements, and even got ships steered to certain ports, so he could then make a killing by providing services to the ships at exorbitant prices. In exchange, he allegedly gave his Navy pals cash and prostitutes. Two commanders and a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent were arrested before the admirals. It's not clear what Branch and Loveless are specifically accused of doing, but the Navy says their alleged misdeeds took place before they were admirals and emphasized that no classified information was compromised. More high-profile arrests are expected.

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Observer
Nov 10, 2013 9:49 AM CST
This is so fine. Bust every one of these pricks publicly and put them in prison. Military commanders get to the point that they believe that the rules do not apply to them. They have unreal perks, benefits, staff and golden retirements at my and every taxpayer's expense. F~ck these arrogant shitbags. Also, is that easy to redirect a naval fleet by a criminal with whores and cash? How many millions have been pissed away for a couple bucks and blow jobs? Hang these traitors. Strip them naked and take their possessions. (The Feds do it to minor drug offenders.)
Econ_101
Nov 10, 2013 8:52 AM CST
To think of me sitting on tons of "Secret" documents every day ! Many of these documents were not Secret at all. Rather some popous ass classified them secret to show off. Most militay documents are not secret after 15 minutes of being classified ! They become useless data because of constant new info. from the field ! On the other hand manufacturing prosseces are more important. Watch them. Loose lips sink ships !
Kookey90
Nov 9, 2013 4:37 PM CST
A Vice Admiral and Rear Admiral, I find this very intriguing and suspicious. By the time people make it up to this senior rank level they are pretty well financially set. With their background, security clearances and training they are fully aware of the sensitivity of classified information that is entrusted to them. I’d be interested in finding out specifically how much money and pussy it would have taken to bring these two senior officers down. Could this be a setup as part of the current senior level military purge that is ongoing? Sure sounds suspicious.