WASHINGTON: Two of the U.S. Navy’s top intelligence officials had their access to classified materials suspended on Friday over their ties to a widening bribery scandal involving a Singapore-based defense contractor, the Navy said.
Vice Admiral Ted Branch, director of Naval Intelligence, and Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless, the director of Intelligence Operations, were also put on temporary leave because of
allegations of “inappropriate conduct.”
“There is no indication, nor do the allegations suggest, that in either case there was any breach of classified information,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, Navy chief of information, said in a statement.
Branch and Loveless are the most senior Navy officials so far linked to a case involving Leonard Glenn Francis, whose company Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd helped arrange maintenance and resupply visits for Navy ships to Asian ports.