The Panama Papers are 2.6TB of data or 11.5 million leaked documents that detail financial and attorney–client information for more than 214,488 offshore entities leaked beginning on April 3, 2016.
The documents, some dating back to the 1970s, were created and taken from former Panamanian law firm and corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca.
It should be clear with all of the sleazy moves by the illegitimate OBiden regime, like cancelling the keystone pipeline and killing American jobs to weaken America to benefit Russia, China, and the terrorist state of Iran.
The corrupt, illegitimate OBiden Regime and the New World Order controlled mainstream media will no doubt do its best to squash the investigation into their Bilderberg cronies and masters involved in the Panama Papers, like they have with pedophile deviant drug addict Hunter Biden’s nefarious activities. HN
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Published in 2016, some date back to the 1970s. The leaked documents illustrate how wealthy individuals, including public officials, are able to keep personal financial information private. While offshore business entities are often not illegal, reporters found that some of the Mossack Fonseca shell corporations were used for illegal purposes, including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion, and evading international sanctions.
Inside the Panama papers
“John Doe”, the whistleblower who leaked the documents to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), remains anonymous, even to the journalists on the investigation. “My life is in danger”, he told them. In a May 6 statement, John Doe cited income inequality as the reason for his action, and said he leaked the documents “simply because I understood enough about their contents to realise the scale of the injustices they described”. He added that he has never worked for any government or intelligence agency. He expressed willingness to help prosecutors if immune to prosecution.
Because of the number of documents, SZ asked the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for help. After SZ verified that the statement did come from the Panama Papers source, ICIJ posted the full document on its website. Journalists from 107 media organizations in 80 countries analyzed documents detailing the operations of the law firm. After more than a year of analysis, the first news stories were published on April 3, 2016, along with 150 of the documents themselves. The project represents an important milestone in the use of data journalism software tools and mobile collaboration.
The documents were quickly dubbed the Panama Papers. The Panamanian government strongly objects to the name; so do other entities in Panama and elsewhere. Some media outlets covering the story have used the name “Mossack Fonseca papers.”
The Panama Papers
ICIJA landmark collaboration between newsrooms around the globe exposing the rogue offshore finance industry.
“We needed months of research, of fact-checking, of really digging into these files in order to find those stories of public interest that are going to make an impact on society.”
Marina Walker, Deputy Director ICIJ
Involving 2.6 TB of data and 11.5 million documents, the Panama Papers was the biggest leak and the largest cross-border investigation in journalism history.
For one year, more than 370 reporters in about 80 countries dived into this massive trove of documents that exposed like never before how the offshore economy works. Inside the leaked files lay the secrets of the high-level clients of one of the world’s leading firms in the creation of offshore companies, Panama-headquartered Mossack Fonseca.
For more on this investigation, visit: panamapapers.icij.org and panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de
The Panama Papers is the largest collaborative data journalism research in history exposing how the secretive offshore finance industry works through the analysis of leaked documents from Panamian based firm, Mossack Fonseca. For a year, 11.5 million documents were analyzed by a team of more than 300 journalists from 76 countries and 100 newsrooms, coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
This collaboration made possible researching and fact-checking the 2.6 terabytes of data and transform it into stories of public interest with a global and local impact. They also used innovative open source technologies to secure and analyze the data, such as optical character recognition applied by journalists at Süddeutsche Zeitung to make the data searchable and machine-readable.
As a result, a myriad of articles, data visualizations, and videos were published in multiple news outlets such as the BBC, The New York Times, La Nación in Argentina and ABC in Australia; exposing the people and crimes facilitated by the offshore companies, from bribery, financial fraud and tax evasion to arms deal and drug trafficking, and the victims of these violations. This mobilized government investigations in more than 80 countries around the world and help recover $1.2 billion in 22 countries.
FBI says ‘we must learn from the Panama Papers’
By Douglas Dalby, ICIJ
Allowing the owners of shell companies to hide their identities from United States authorities constitutes a “significant loophole” in the country’s ability to tackle money laundering and illicit financing, a senior FBI official.llowing the owners of shell companies to hide their identities from United States authorities constitutes a “significant loophole” in the country’s ability to tackle money laundering and illicit financing, a senior FBI official told a powerful Washington committee this week.
This cloak of legal anonymity facilitated by state laws is frustrating law enforcement efforts to track up to $2 trillion in annual proceeds from international crime, Acting Deputy Assistant Director, FBI Criminal Investigative Division, Steven M. D’Antuono warned members of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee on May 21.
D’Antuono said: “The FBI has countless investigations, spanning criminal and national security threats, in which illicit actors, operating both domestically and internationally, use shell and front companies to conceal their nefarious activities and true identities. The strategic use of these entities makes investigations exponentially more difficult and laborious.
“The ability to easily identify the beneficial owners of these shell companies would allow the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to quickly and efficiently mitigate the threats posed by the illicit movement of the succeeding funds.”
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies want to bring U.S. law into line with the more stringent regulations adopted by the European Union in recent years which, among other provisions, mandate member states to compile centralized registers on beneficial ownership and to make these widely – even publicly – accessible.
The EU reforms were prompted by the revelations contained in the Panama Papers, the ground-breaking 2016 investigation produced by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, in conjunction with more than 100 media partners.
The Panama Papers were based on information gathered from 11.5 million leaked documents from the now-defunct Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. They exposed secretive offshore holdings, many of them held by U.S. citizens or individuals conducting business in the U.S.
Mossack Fonseca’s U.S.-based subsidiaries established thousands of U.S.-based shell companies in several states but according to D’Antuono, regulators were effectively stymied in their subsequent investigations because of the lack of ownership information.
When investigators began investigating the Mossack Fonseca companies in the wake of the Panama Papers, they quickly discovered the limitation of incorporation information in U.S. states.
“All that the investigator could learn was that the agent was ‘MF Nevada’ or the like,” D’Antuono told the committee. “This, of course, made investigating the shell entities extremely time-consuming, inefficient and difficult.”
At present, U.S. companies are incorporated at state rather than national level. None of these require disclosure of the ultimate owner or beneficiary at registration and this is compounded by current federal laws which, other than in very exceptional circumstances, do not require the identification of beneficial owners when opening an account with a financial institution.
D’Antuono told the committee that the “near complete lack of transparency” in the U.S. allows international crime gangs and corrupt individuals to move assets derived from criminal activities such as drug dealing, political corruption, tax evasion, human trafficking and child prostitution.
Moreover, as a result of the tighter controls in Europe, the U.S. has become a magnet for dirty money.
“This hearing is an important step towards developing the laws needed to effectively combat illicit financing through the use of anonymous vehicles,” he said.
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