Panama Papers: ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database Documents Download: Recently, the biggest leak in the journalism world in the history took place. It was done by Panama Papers. PP has reportedly leaked some of the very confidential and significant documents about Mossack Fonseca firm which is situated in Panama.
As per the reports leaked, the company has helped investors to escape paying tax, launder money, and such stuff. Among the various people of the world, there are 500 Indians mentioned on the list which includes Amitabh, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, KP Singh, Anurag Kejriwal, and others.
Panama Papers: ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database Documents
The team behind the leak is The International Consortium of Investigate Journalists. It works for Panama Papers. However, it has stated that many of the offshore companies mentioned on the list appear to be legitimate.
PP is the largest international organization of its kind across the globe. The leaked documents were researched by around 400 journalists around the world from 80 nations other than 100 media organizations. The big media organizations like BBC, Guardian, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Falter, etc. are involved in this study.
The papers contain names of various world leaders, politicians, industrialists, actors and mainly the biggest clients of Mossack Fonseca, JP Damiani. Among others, the main names include Juan Figueredo, FIFA Vice President, and others who have tried to evade tax and laundering money.
What is Mossack Fonseca?
It is a law firm of Panama which works around selling anonymous offshore companies across the world. It helps in hiding promoters their business details. The firm has many offices around the globe. As of now, it has dealt with numerous companies which they have founded, sold, and managed others. It has mainly worked in cities like Zurich, London, Hong Kong, and others.
Mossack Fonseca has sold many anonymous companies for a tiny amount of about $1000. If any client provides any extra fee, the company provides fake (sham) director and moreover, it can conceal the identity of the true shareholder if the clients wish. Thus, the law firm is in the business of hiding and withholding the true identity of offshore company’s owner.
Are there any Indians involved?
The leak reported 500 Indians who are mainly industrialists, Bollywood actors, Politicians, etc., to have been involved somehow. They have used Panama to hide their money. As per the reports, many of them have used it for tax evasion purposes. Apart from Bachchans, other names are Anurag Kejriwal, KP Singh, Gautam Adani (brother of Gautam Adani, the Chairman of Adani Enterprises), Sameer Gehlaut of Indiabulls.
How the leak took place?
More than a year ago, an anonymous source made contact to a German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). The source gave them Mossack Fonseca internal documents. The newspaper researched and found the documents which eventually grew to about 2.6 terabytes (TB) of data. Thus, the size made it the biggest leak on which journalists had ever worked in the history.
Any demands from source?
The source didn’t want any financial compensation or any favor, apart from security measures.
What’s the data all about?
The leaked information shows how Mossack Fonseca manages the secret assets of major banks, legal firms, asset management companies and the assets of world’s rich and famous politicians and personalities, fraudsters, drug smugglers, professionals, etc.
Moreover, the way of routinely receiving investments from people around the world to engage in business activities that violate sanctions was revealed. Therefore, it helped its clients in evading tax and money laundering.
How big is the data leak and what does it comprise of?
The leak has about 11.5 million documents higher than the combined strength of the WikiLeaks Cablegate, Offshore Leaks, Lux Leaks, and Swiss Leaks.
Mainly, it has emails, pdf files, photos, and excerpts from internal Mossack Fonseca database from the 1970s to 2016.
What’s the scale of the leak?
The Panama Papers leak is about 2.6 terabytes of data. It has become the biggest leak of the history.
Download the Panama Papers: ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database
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Various leaks have taken place in the history.
In 2015, the Swiss Leaks/International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) extracted 3.3 GB data.
In 2014, the Luxemburg Leaks/ICIJ had 4 GB volume of data.
In 2013, the Offshore Leaks/ICIJ had 260 GB data.
In 2010, the WikiLeaks / Cablegate had 1.7 GB of data.
(With inputs from Süddeutsche Zeitung’s (SZ) website- http://panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de/en/)
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