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    An Introduction to The Panama Papers



    "The Panama Papers is a global investigation into the sprawling, secretive industry of offshore that the world’s rich and powerful use to hide assets and skirt rules by setting up front companies in far-flung jurisdictions.

    "Based on a trove of more than 11 million leaked files, the investigation exposes a cast of characters who use offshore companies to facilitate bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, financial fraud and drug trafficking.

    "Behind the email chains, invoices and documents that make up the Panama Papers are often unseen victims of wrongdoing enabled by this shadowy industry. This is their story."

    Source: https://panamapapers.icij.org/video/

    Related: http://www.theguardian.com/news/series/panama-papers
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    "Iceland’s Pirate Party Is Preparing for an 'Unprecedented' Election

    "Over 20,000 protesters descended on the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik last week following the release of the Panama Papers, over 11 million files from the database of Mossack Fonseca, one the world’s largest offshore law firms. Gathered in front of the Icelandic Parliamentary building, the protesters were calling for the resignation of their prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson after the Panama Papers revealed that he and his wife had major financial conflict of interest tied up in a shell company in the British Virgin Islands.

    "On Tuesday [April 5, 2016], Gunnlaugsson bowed to the will of his constituency and appealed to Icelandic president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to sign for his release and hold a recall election. Gunnlaugsson's request was denied and instead Grímsson requested Gunnlaugsson to resign and appointed Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Gunnlaugsson's deputy, as the new prime minister.

    "Many Icelanders have criticized this move as a meaningless political reshuffling, seeing as Gunnlaugsson is still retaining his position as chairman of the Progressive Party and a member of Parliament, and nearly two-thirds of Icelanders say they don't trust the new government.

    "Still others saw this as nothing more than a political move meant to suppress the ascendancy of Iceland's unlikely political champion: the Pirates.

    "Founded in 2012, the Icelandic Pirate Party was modeled after the Swedish organization of the same name founded six years earlier. An anti-establishment party founded on principles of direct democracy, copyright reform, and personal privacy, the Icelandic Pirate Party elected its first representatives to Parliament in 2013.

    "In recent years, the Pirate Party has enjoyed an astounding level of popularity in the country, becoming the most popular political party in Iceland in early 2015. In the wake of the Panama Papers scandal the Party's popularity has only increased, with a recent poll suggesting that 43 percent of the roughly 320,000 people that call Iceland home support the Pirates.

    "'This whole situation is unprecedented,' said Ásta Guðrún Helgadóttir, who has served as one of the three Pirate Party representatives in the Icelandic Parliament since 2015. 'People are extremely unhappy because they don't think the change that was made is good enough. Technically speaking there is a new government, but almost nothing has changed--except now the government doesn't have any trust at all.'

    "Although the transfer of power brokered by Iceland’s president was entirely legal, Helgadóttir believes it is undermining the democratic process in the country by refusing to allow the constituency to elect a new leader. She cited several 'official' excuses for why the president appointed a new prime minister rather than holding a snap election, including the upcoming presidential elections in June and the Pirate Party's surge in the polls."

    Sail ho! Read the full story at: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/ice...ented-election

    Related article: https://theintercept.com/2016/04/07/...pirates-gates/

    Unrelated: http://www.zenzoneforum.com/threads/...rrr-Television
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    A limited hang out... no doubt.

    "We know who the biggest players are in the Panama Papers. The real list doesn't start with David Cameron’s dad or a FIFA (soccer) official. Bain Capital and Mitt Romney, followed by the Walton family of Walmart fame, the Canadian Bronfmans, Sheldon Adelson and, perhaps most newsworthy of all, several thousand corporations that tie the world's drug cartels to American political leaders, including members of congress, state governors, city mayors, members of the US Supreme Court and a handful of former presidents. Craig Murray goes further in his analysis at: https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archi...m-panama-leak/
    "'The corporate media -- the Guardian and BBC in the UK -- have exclusive access to the database which you and I cannot see.

    "'They are protecting themselves from even seeing western corporations' sensitive information by only looking at those documents which are brought up by specific searches such as UN sanctions busters. Never forget the Guardian smashed its copies of the Snowden files on the instruction of MI6.

    "'What if they did Mossack Fonseca database searches on the owners of all the corporate media and their companies, and all the editors and senior corporate media journalists? What if they did Mossack Fonseca searches on all the most senior people at the BBC? What if they did Mossack Fonseca searches on every donor to the Center for Public Integrity and their companies?

    "'What if they did Mossack Fonseca searches on every listed company in the western stock exchanges, and on every western millionaire they could trace?

    "'That would be much more interesting. I know Russia and China are corrupt, you don't have to tell me that. What if you look at things that we might, here in the west, be able to rise up and do something about?
    And what if you corporate lapdogs let the people see the actual data?

    ...

    "The biggest single set of interlocking corporations that should have been exposed are tied to the nearly 3 trillion dollars missing from the US Department of Defense, money 'disappeared' when the investigative records were mysteriously the victim of an aircraft accident on 9/11/2001 at the Pentagon, one of the most defended buildings on earth.

    "Not only were all the records destroyed but the 35 investigators were killed as well, having been asked to gather for a meeting with a White House official who never showed up. But that's another story.

    "What we are saying is this, when former crimes were erased there was a reason. Bigger crimes were planned. Nearly every defense and intelligence contractor, from 'Google Idea Groups' to the Blackwater network and hundreds more, were all tied to interlocking Panamanian corporations with ownership by members of congress, key Federal judges, and all of this run through a legal advocacy group known as the Federalist Society.

    "The Panama Papers could eventually expose certainly who is really behind 9/11. In 2014, we were given documents out of Russia that included a preliminary report on 9/11 by the US Department of Energy, outlining that event as 'nuclear' and not as the result of terrorism, not as it is typically defined. The term 'false flag terrorism' would apply, however."

    Read the full article at: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/04...panama-papers/

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    Panama Papers source breaks silence, explains intentions behind Mossack Fonseca data leak

    By Elise Worthington and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

    The highly secretive source behind the Panama Papers, the largest leak of confidential data ever analysed by journalists, has released a detailed manifesto explaining why he decided to blow the whistle.


    Speaking for the first time since leaking more than 11 million documents "John Doe", as the source is known, revealed he was willing to share the data with authorities.

    "In the end, thousands of prosecutions could stem from the Panama Papers, if only law enforcement could access and evaluate the actual documents," he said in a four-page statement shared with theInternational Consortium of Investigative Journalists(ICIJ).

    Hundreds of investigative reporters from news organisations around the world, including the ABC's Four Corners program, the BBC and the Guardian, worked in secret with the ICIJ for months analysing the unprecedented leak of 2.6 terabytes of internal data dating back to the 1970s, revealing the inner workings of law firm Mossack Fonseca.



    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-0...ilence/7391036

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