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The Fat Leonard Scandal in the USN: Corruption at the Highest Levels

by | Jun 11, 2024


Craig Whitlock, author of the incredible The Afghanistan Papers, does a great job revealing just how high and vast the institutional rot is in the DoD.

Craig Whitlock’s book outlines the long story of Leonard Glenn Francis, AKA “Fart Leonard” on the US Navy and the individuals involved through his business dealings in the Western Pacific. He used bribery, fraud, and manipulation to exploit weaknesses in the system and gain favor with high-ranking Navy officials.

The story highlights the culture of corruption and the abuse of power within the Navy. The book also explores the role of individuals who resisted Leonard’s influence and worked to expose his criminal activities. The conversation delves into how Francis exploited senior leaders in the US Navy’s individual and institutional weaknesses and to gain their cooperation and access to classified information to further his business interests as a Husbanding Agent.

The conversation concludes with a brief discussion of the role of Navy JAG officers and federal prosecutors in the case and the current state of the case.

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Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert is the host of Chasing Ghosts: An Irregular Warfare Podcast and a contributor over time to various liberty endeavors. He served in the military for nearly a quarter century and contractor tours after retirement on occasion and was a combat tourist in a number of neo-imperialist shit-pits around the world.

He can be found on twitter at @wbuppert and reached via email at

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