"How quickly we forget. It was just four months ago we learned of the role of Panama in helping so many rich and famous folk to dodge their fair share of the tax burden."
|Interest of||Daphne Caruana Galizia|
|Description||A huge (2.6TB) cache of confidential documents created by the Panamanian corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca that provide detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies, including the identities of shareholders and directors. Those identified include numerous wealthy and powerful political figures and organisations of many countries.|
The Panama Papers is a huge (2.6TB) cache of confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian provider of offshore companies to minimize taxes and/or launder money. The leak, published in April 2016, identified include numerous wealthy and powerful political figures and organisations of many countries. Several commentators have suggested it is limited hangout of some kind.
Early in 2015, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung received documents related to the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca that provide detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies, including the identities of shareholders and directors. Those identified include numerous wealthy and powerful political figures and organisations of many countries.from an anonymous source.
In a striking illustration of the maxim that the initial response to any event fixes the main outlines of the Official Narrative in the public mind, Western media – almost without exception – focused on the names of Vladimir Putin (though struggling a bit because only "his cronies" were immediately implicated), Syria's Bashar al Assad, Iceland Premier Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and Chinese prime minister Xi Jinping. The Sydney Morning Herald coverage was typical .
Policy makers including German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said the leak will strengthen the resolve of governments to combat tax avoidance and evasion. In a statement reminiscent of Benjamin Netanyahu's notorious remarks in the immediate aftermath of 9-11, Wolfgang Schaeuble said: “Even though it’s not surprising, it helps us. It increases the pressure to halt abuse.”
Noting that the papers were in the hands of commercially-controlled media funded by big money, Craig Murray cautioned "Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism. The dirty secrets of western corporations will remain unpublished."
- "How quickly we forget. It was just four months ago we learned of the role of Panama in helping so many rich and famous folk to dodge their fair share of the tax burden. It was even more disgusting to see so many politicians in the rogues gallery.
- "The first response from the Panamanian law firm was indignation at the breach of privacy and to raise an action against the hacker. Most of us thought he should get a knighthood or at least a medal for his guts and public spirit however, as we know from the experience of the Snowdens and Assanges of this world, political asylum is not for the likes of them.
- "Indeed, how many of us remember Hervé Falciani who just last year was sentenced to five years in prison for leaking the names of 130,000 suspected tax evaders holding accounts with UBS Private Bank in Switzerland? That information went to several governments and the IMF before being discreetly buried.
- "Such hypocrisy from people who we have voted into parliament to protect our interest is a breach of trust which should carry serious consequences. The threat of resignation or public disgrace is simply not enough. Yet the public memory is short and fickle and if the dust does not settle within a few days we get an official Inquiry which will last as long as it takes until the next scandal hits the headlines and wipes the memory."
The Chinese Global Times observed that "...a powerful force is behind the Panama Papers" 
Professor Tatiana Yugay of the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) and former advisor to the Presidential Administration and Security Council concluded: "It’s clear that the Panama Leaks are part of the West’s hybrid war against Russia. During the last two years, Russians have survived the devaluation of the rouble, a fall in oil prices, inflation, mutual sanctions and so on. We’re not likely to go to the barricades over Western gossip."
On 14 April 2016, in a televised Q and A session, President Vladimir Putin claimed that Süddeutsche Zeitung belonged to the US bank Goldman Sachs. Putin's claim was swiftly dismissed by SZ managing director Stefan Hilscher, who said in a statement the newspaper “has no relationship under corporate law with Goldman Sachs”, adding the paper’s ownership was publicly available information. Goldman Sachs referred to Hilscher’s statement and declined further comment. Kremlin press spokesman Dmitry Peskov later retracted President Putin's claim.
Secrets of the Super Rich
On 4 April 2016, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Four Corners broadcast "The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich" which Craig Murray praised for having "named and shamed Australia’s biggest company and Australia’s biggest foreign investor. BBC Panorama by contrast found a guy who sold one house in Islington. The Australians also, unlike the BBC who deliberately and knowing hid it, pointed out that the corruption centred on the British Virgin Islands, and even went there. All in all an excellent job."
- "About the Panama Papers" by Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer, Vanessa Wormer and Wolfgang Jaschensky, Süddeutsche Zeitung
- "US government, Soros funded Panama Papers to attack Putin – WikiLeaks"
- "Complete List of people named in the Panama Papers"
- "Panama Papers leak exposes how Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping's friends hide money" - Sydney Morning Herald 4 April 2016
- "China, Pakistan Push Back on Offshore Revelations as Syria Named" - Bloomberg 5 April 2016
- "Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak"
- "Remember the Panama Papers?"
- "Twitter: Edward Snowden". Twitter. Archived from the original on April 3, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- Powerful force is behind Panama Papers - Global Times 5 April 2016
- "Panama Papers: There’s a Purpose to Every Leak"
- "Putin Sees U.S., Goldman Sachs Behind Leak of Panama Papers"
- "Panama Papers details are correct but do not implicate me, says Putin"
- "Kremlin says sorry to Goldman Sachs, German paper over Panama Papers slip-up"
- "A Chink of Aussie Light"
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