CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR….
Before you get excited about the alleged ‘leak’ of the so-called #panamapapers, there are a few aspects that may be worth considering.
The mass media as expected, are drip-feeding carefully controlled snippets of information, possibly to focus attention towards a number of persons and regimes that are deemed to be ‘hostile’, or that are viewed as being ‘targets’ of both the USA and the U.K.
‘The papers are an ‘unprecedented leak’ of 11.5 million files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The records were obtained from an anonymous source by the German newspaper Süddeneutsche Zeitung, which shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who in turn then shared them with a large network of international partners, including the Guardian, the BBC and other Media Outlets.’ – SOURCE
The ICIJ, is a global network of more than 190 investigative journalists in more than 65 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories.
Founded in 1997 by the respected American Journalist Chuck Lewis, it was launched as a project to focus on issues that ‘do not stop at national frontiers, cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power’ ….
Where have we heard that before?
Moving on, their Advisory Comittee comprises of some of the biggest names in investigative journalism, and their homepage states:
“The need for such an organisation has never been greater. Globalisation and development have placed extraordinary pressures on human societies, posing unprecedented threats from polluting industries, transnational crime networks, rogue states, and the actions of powerful figures in business and government. Our aim is to bring journalists from different countries together in teams – eliminating rivalry and promoting collaboration. Together we aim to be the world’s best cross-border investigative team.”
Noble words indeed, and an organisation such as the ICIJ could not of course, exist without financial support, and although they do operate as a non-profit organisation, they admit to relying heavily on charitable foundations and on financial support from the public, as they also stress: ‘Cross-border investigative journalism is among the most expensive and riskiest in the world’….
Among the recent ICIJ funders are some very well-known names, including: The Ford Foundation, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Open Society Foundation, The Sigrid Rausing Trust and the Waterloo Foundation.
Looking at one of those named funders, according to WIKIPEDIA, the OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION was founded by one GEORGE SOROS, who sits as it’s Chairman, and JONATHAN SOROS, who is listed as being it’s ‘Global Advisory Board Member’.
Taking any or all of the above into consideration, would it be entirely wrong to suggest that many of the names contained within this, or any similar ‘leak’ will never be made public?
Although the carefully selected list of names that have already been published on a number of media outlets make impressive reading, on the surface that is – will the true scope of what has been really going on, hit the front pages anytime soon?
I very much doubt it.
FURTHER READING: A TALE OF THREE MISSILES