Fat Leonard Navy Scandal (WaPost)

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  1. Capt MJ

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    I felt like taking a shower after reading this. Too many people going headlong down the slippery slope with their eyes half-closed. But also half-open.

    I have to say, I dealt with all kinds of port agents over the years, in the Med and the Pacific, and many did try to offer cases of booze/wine, tickets to shows, etc. One skeezy guy in Naples who handled the USNS oilers' port calls in Italy, and whose firm handled Greece (I was USNS Skeds O at the time for the Med), offered me a week at his vacation villa in the Aeolian Islands. The offer also included him. Made it easy to decline....

    These firms competed for the service contracts at port calls for all kinds of ships, and bribery was a way of life. Christmas, birthdays, New Year - something was always being offered. I knew I was supposed to say no, and I did. I and the civilian staff comptroller reviewed invoices with a fine toothed comb.

    Leonard must be one heckuva amoral snake oil salesman and con artist. He could sniff out the human weakness and exploit it with pinpoint accuracy. It's just icky about the prostitutes. I think about the families back home.

    Here's the link:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/wp/2016/05/27/fat-leonard/
     
  2. EOD/SEALmom

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    Wow, how very sad.
     
  3. Capt MJ

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    Same old, same old: money, sex, toys, gifts, sense of getting away with something, "it won't hurt anything if I do this" and "everyone is doing it."

    When the dust settles, I expect this will be a case study in USNA classes.
     
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    It looks like Cmdr. Sanchez was paid in food.
     
  5. Capt MJ

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    Meow! But yes. Perhaps he is stress bingeing.
     
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    Small world. I was stationed with him when he was a LT.
     
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    This article makes me angry, disappointed, sad in so many ways. One of them if you noticed was a former USNA superintendent who was caught up in this VADM Miller from his previous tour as a carrier strike group commander. Miller was very well thought of as the supe and being linked to this scandal was an unfortunate end to a great career. Miller was eventually able to retire with his third star and not charged with any crime, but he still got caught in the same web of this Francis guy. Pretty scary. And sad.
     
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  8. Capt MJ

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    The thing that is most frightening to me is that people could be seduced by the offered items or services, and give away ships' schedules and other classified information so effortlessly. Fat Leonard was in it for the money, power and influence. What about enemies with different agendas? They read this story, decide to stock up on those items and services, find a slick front man or woman, and the info tap is on.

    And the officer's spouse who managed the cash in off-shore accounts ... That tells me it was intentional, deliberate and knowing. A culture of "I'm gonna get mine."
     
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