Tom Wright

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Secrets of the Crypto Wars

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The following excerpt from "Crypto Kingpins," our six-part podcast out today, was published on Monday in Vanity Fair. Listen to Crypto Kingpins In May 2021, I took a taxi from my home in Singapore to a modernist mansion in a gated community on the resort island of Sentosa. It’s

Guilty Goldman Banker Living Beverly Hills High Life

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We're pretty hard-boiled here at Whale Hunting. But this photo of Tim Leissner, a former Goldman partner who has admitted to stealing more than $200 million from Malaysian fund 1MDB, was surprising even to us. Goldman bankers, including Leissner, helped oil the wheels of the (at least) $6 billion "Billion

Go Backstage With "Night of Show"

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During the pandemic, I got to know Adam Wilkes, an accomplished concert promoter. He's taken acts like Metallica, Ed Sheeran, and Katy Perry on tour. But the Covid-related shutdown had put a halt to all live concerts. And so Adam, for the first time in years, had time on his

Protest in Met as Dynamite Doug Podcast Launches

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On Tuesday, famed Cambodian dancer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro staged an unsanctioned dance in the Metropolitan Museum in New York to spotlight the nation's attempts to reclaim its stolen heritage. (Photos and video of the performance are available here.) The focus of her dance were statues looted by Douglas Latchford, a

Fat Leonard Publication Day

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We're hearing that Venezuela will soon extradite Leonard Francis, aka Fat Leonard, the fugitive Navy contractor, back to the U.S. to face sentencing for his role in a crazy sex-for-contracts bribery scandal. Ahead of that development, today we're publishing a book, Fat Leonard: The Man Who Corrupted the U.