Fat Leonard: Australian Navy Officer revealed as suspect in massive US Navy bribery and fraud conspiracy

A graphic showing Alex Gillett and Leonard Francis with excerpts from the US indictment behind.Even for January — usually the coldest month in Hong Kong — the air that Tuesday night was particularly cool.

Key points:
Ex-Australian Navy officer Alex Gillett alleged to have leaked secrets for lavish meals, hotel stays, prostitute services
Multi-million dollar fraud orchestrated by ‘Fat Leonard’ Francis
Francis’s company had commercial arrangements with Australian Defence
US investigators travelled to Australia in 2012 as part of investigation
But inside the private Alsace Room at Hong Kong’s Restaurant Petrus, the atmosphere was warm as a group of naval officers savoured the finest the upmarket restaurant had to offer.

The decor — gilt-edged, chandeliered Louis XIV opulence — framed spectacular views of Victoria Harbour.

At the table were four captains of the US Navy, and two lieutenant commanders — one American, the other Australian.

For dinner, the men had black truffle soup, lobster salad, caviar, pan-seared duck liver, sole and wagyu beef, followed by baked Alaska. Wine was paired with each dish.

via Fat Leonard: Australian Navy Officer revealed as suspect in massive US Navy bribery and fraud conspiracy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)