Singapore Spy – Fat Leonard

By Matthew Richardson

Todd Dale Malaki, a U.S. naval officer, will serve 40 months for selling classified sea craft information to a Singaporean Defense firm, and all for a $15,000 bribe from Leo “Fat Leonard” Francis. This article illustrates several points that those interested in anti-corruption should remember. First, even those sworn to serve and protect, such as Lieutenant Commander Malaki, can be corrupted. Second, countries seldom covered by U.S. news sources, such as Singapore, evidently tolerate commercial espionage even against sovereign security institutions.