The Panama Papers: Secrets Of The Super Rich – Four Corners
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The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich – Monday 4 April 2016
It’s the shadowy world of secret international finance and tax avoidance.
“What we’re looking at here is really a parallel universe.”
This Four Corners investigation will reveal how the rich and powerful exploit the system.
“What this really says is a lot about the system itself and how broke the system is and how crazy the whole thing is.”
Our reporter Marian Wilkinson follows the money trail and it’s worth trillions of dollars.
“I was on their immigration stop list. But we’ve gotten in.” Marian Wilkinson, Reporter
The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich, reported by Marian Wilkinson and presented by Sarah Ferguson.
This story was produced in collaboration with Suddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
What are the Panama Papers? A guide to history’s biggest data leak
The Panama Papers are an unprecedented leak of 11.5m 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 Süddeutsche Zeitung, which shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The ICIJ then shared them with a large network of international partners, including the Guardian and the BBC.
Inside The Panama Papers: Dirty Little Secrets
The panama papers are the Wikileaks of the financial world: Nearly 12 million unearthed documents from one Panamanian law firm show how offshore shell companies keep trillions of dollars out of our global economy — some of it held by drug traffickers, arms dealers, and politicians. In this hourlong documentary, Fusion’s investigative series, The Naked Truth, enters a secretive underworld of money and power that affects our lives in ways we are only just beginning to see. For more, go to fusion.net/panamapapers.
What do they reveal?
The documents show the myriad ways in which the rich can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes. Twelve national leaders are among 143 politicians, their families and close associates from around the world known to have been using offshore tax havens.
A $2bn trail leads all the way to Vladimir Putin. The Russian president’s best friend – a cellist called Sergei Roldugin – is at the centre of a scheme in which money from Russian state banks is hidden offshore. Some of it ends up in a ski resort where in 2013 Putin’s daughter Katerina got married.
Among national leaders with offshore wealth are Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister; Ayad Allawi, ex-interim prime minister and former vice-president of Iraq; Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine; Alaa Mubarak, son of Egypt’s former president; and the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.
An offshore investment fund run by the father of British prime minister David Cameron avoided ever having to pay tax in Britain by hiring a small army of Bahamas residents to sign its paperwork. The fund has been registered with HM Revenue and Customs since its inception and has filed detailed tax returns every year.
A lengthier overview of the revelations can be found here.
PanamaPapers – The Shady World of Offshore Companies | Das Erste | NDR
For decades, presidents, drug smugglers and criminals have used a Panamanian law firm to hide their accounts and valuables. This is revealed in documents reviewed by media partners around the world, including NDR and WDR. A total of 370 journalists from 78 countries evaluated around 11.5 million documents in the course of their reporting on the “PanamaPapers.” An anonymous source provided the data to Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung. The paper then shared it with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and partners across the globe, including NDR and WDR.
Panama Papers explained
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BAKU – On Sunday, April 3rd, a number of global media networks published articles based on the confidential leaked documents from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The leak includes roughly 11.5 million documents or 2.6 terabytes of data. By comparison, the 2010 Wikileaks Cablegate was roughly 1.7 gigabyte, and the previous 2013 offshore leaks were 260 gigabytes. In short, the data leak, now known as the Panama Papers, is the largest in size.
The Panama Papers reveal how some of the world’s most influential figures have used offshore bank accounts to avoid taxes or conceal their wealth. The list of people includes international politicians such as the Presidents Mauricio Macri, Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister David Cameron and even celebrities like Lionel Messi. What’s more is that the Panama Papers expose the level of corruption in the global financial system.
In this report, we will explain what the Panama Papers are. We will also explore some of the geopolitical related records and what impacts they will have.