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‘Fat Leonard’ — central figure in US Navy corruption case — breaks silence on surprise podcast

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — For the past several years, Leonard Glenn Francis — the figure at the center of the Navy’s worst corruption scandal in modern history — has been under house arrest in San Diego, eschewing interview requests and biding his time until his role as government cooperator is over. Now, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Francis has opened the floodgates. He secretly recorded a podcast with a Singapore-based journalist, offering for the first time publicly his own account of the bribery scandal that has rocked the Navy, led to the prosecution of dozens of military officials and put h…

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