It’s the most shocking unknown tale of our era: a defense contractor who bribed Navy officers with cash, prostitutes and luxury items in return for multi-million-dollar deals.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In a PROJECT BRAZEN ORIGINALS nine-part podcast, with exclusive access to Fat Leonard himself, we reveal the true story of the misogynistic men at the heart of the Navy and the brave women who brought them down.
It’s a story for our times. Leonard could only have existed in the post 9/11 world of runaway defense spending. At the height of his powers he lived in a $130- million mansion and had a fleet of 20 luxury cars.
He secretly recorded orgies with some of the Navy’s most powerful men, one of the U.S. military’s worst ever security failures. China and Russia never could have done this much damage.
Now, as the U.S. pulls recklessly out of Afghanistan, Leonard is in detention – a symbol of the folly of the past 20 years. And as the trials of Navy officers involved with Leonard start early next year, we ask: Has there been a coverup in the Navy?
“This is an incredible thing…This series and the corruption it depicts in the US Navy is just amazing.”Ben SmithNew York Times media columnist
“Listen now so you can show off to your friends when the film version gets made. You couldn’t make this stuff up. Jaw-dropping.”Peter FrankopanNYT bestselling author of The Silk Roads
“I actually gasped and clapped my hand over my mouth at some of the revelations in this podcast. Bravo Tom Wright – another torrent of scoops.”Anna Fifieldauthor of The Great Successor
“Finally had the chance to begin listening to “Fat Leonard” by Tom Wright - mesmerising. As a former 7th Fleet navy officer, it’s also not too hard to see how this happened.”Mike ForsytheNew York Times reporter