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    Default The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    http://www.icij.org/about/press-rele...offshore-world
    Quote INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS LIFTS VEIL ON OFFSHORE WORLD

    86 INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS FROM 46 COUNTRIES WORKED ON WHAT MAY BE LARGEST-EVER CROSS BORDER JOURNALISM COLLABORATION

    WASHINGTON, DC – The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a project of the Center for Public Integrity, released today its first of many reports from a 15-month investigation that cracks open the historically impenetrable world of offshore tax havens.

    Drawing from a leaked trove of 2.5 million digital files, ICIJ led what may be the largest cross border journalism collaboration in history.

    ICIJ’s investigation opens the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts and nearly 130,000 individuals and agents, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con artists, and the mega-rich in more than 170 countries. Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze, ICIJ’s largest investigative reporting project in its 15- year history, is available at www.icij.org/offshore.

    The stories released today by the ICIJ and its partner outlets around the world are the first installment in an ongoing series. An initial group of stories will run between April 3 and April 15, 2013 with more reporting to follow throughout the year as ICIJ and its partners continue the investigation.

    “This investigation lifts the curtain on the offshore system and provides a transparent look into the secret world of tax havens and the individuals and companies that use and benefit from them,” said Gerard Ryle, Director of the ICIJ. “We already knew how secret and inaccessible the offshore industry is, but we were surprised by how vast and far reaching it is. It draws its clients not only from the world’s super-wealthy, but also from everyday professionals from all around the world.”

    The files identify the individuals behind the covert companies and private trusts based in the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands, Singapore and other offshore havens. They include American doctors and dentists and middle-class Greek villagers as well as Russia corporate executives, Eastern European and Indonesian billionaires, Wall Street fraudsters, international arms dealers and families and associates of long-time dictators.

    Among the investigation’s key findings:

    Government officials and their families and associates in Azerbaijan, Russia, Canada, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Canada, Mongolia and other countries have embraced the use of covert companies and bank accounts.

    The mega-rich use complex offshore structures to own mansions, yachts, art masterpieces and other assets, gaining tax advantages and anonymity not available to average people.

    Many of the world’s top’s banks – including UBS, Clariden and Deutsche Bank – have aggressively worked to provide their customers with secrecy-cloaked companies in the British Virgin Islands and other offshore hideaways.

    A well-paid industry of accountants, middlemen and other operatives has helped offshore patrons shroud their identities and business interests, providing shelter in many cases to money laundering or other misconduct.

    Ponzi schemers and other large-scale fraudsters routinely use offshore havens to pull off their shell games and move their ill-gotten gains.

    While reporting by the ICIJ and its partners shows that many users of offshore are engaged in legitimate transactions, the project team’s investigations raise questions about the lack of transparency, lax law enforcement and illegal practices that are prevalent in the offshore world.

    “This investigation was the most extensive in our history. It would not have been possible without the cooperation of our international partners,” said Bill Buzenberg, Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity. “Because of the magnitude of this cross-border collaboration we are able to provide a window onto the offshore world, an important step toward bringing transparency and accountability to an industry that over the last several years has grown beyond regulation and control.”

    The collection of leaked information, totaling more than 260 gigabytes of data, includes corporate files, emails, account ledgers, and other records that show cash transfers, incorporation dates and links between individuals and companies. It is believed to be one of the largest collections of leaked data gathered and analyzed by journalists.

    The files illustrate how offshore financial secrecy has spread aggressively around the globe, allowing the wealthy to avoid taxes, fueling corruption and economic woes in rich and poor nations. The current banking crisis in Cyprus is one example of how the offshore system can impact an entire country’s financial stability.

    The ICIJ worked with 86 investigative journalists from 46 countries and used data mining software and old fashioned shoe leather reporting to unveil the previously hidden but thriving world of fraud, tax dodging and political corruption.

    To analyze the documents, ICIJ collaborated with journalists from The Guardian and the BBC in the U.K., Le Monde in France, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Germany, The Washington Post, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and 31 other media partners around the world.

    The reporters and editors on the project team thoroughly fact-checked the data and cross-referenced it with other information, including court records, government reports and financial databases. Team members interviewed hundreds of experts, government officials, attorneys, offshore clients and other sources around the world.

    Among the countries included in the data are: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.
    I wonder who is behind this financial attack, and who is this ICIJ.
    This smells very much like a baseless accusation, if they do not publish the files. I was not able to download 1 file from ICIJ.
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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    Hummm these are definitely MSM outlets, so it makes me wonder if someone is trying to bribe these people not to release their names?

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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    This is indeed a dough material for extortion. No matter if the material is real or imaginary.
    Those with hidden treasures whom insist to stay in the dark. They might be willing to buy silence insurance policies.
    So this is the warning sign to them what he disclosure looks like.
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    In his latest newsletter Benjamin Fulford relates to this as an attack.
    Quote The other big agency attack against the Sabbateans took the form of a release by the “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists,” of the names of holders of offshore bank accounts worth $32 trillion dollars (over twice the US GDP). Before the website was taken down and put up again in sanitized form, it released the details of accounts held by people like Barak Obama, Tony Blair, the Governor of the Bank of England, Hillary Clinton etc. For example, the Obama offshore account totals $30 billion and is held under the name Henry Ansbacher.

    Another attack was the release by Wikileaks of millions of documents linked to arch-cabalist Henry Kissinger including such juicy Kissinger quotes as “the illegal we do overnight, the unconstitutional takes longer.”

    The financial attack on the cabal is also intensifying. The widely reported physical gold shortages, such as the line ups at gold outlets in Thailand, are being caused by cabalists desperately trying to use their fiat paper currencies to buy physical gold. In the case of Thailand, the Saudi Royal family and their buddies the Bushes are working with Japanese crime syndicates to buy Thai and Persian royal family gold.
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    The fact that Benjamin Fulford is making claims about the ICIJ makes the whole thing suspect, imho.
    So thank you for letting us know that.
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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    Massive Tax Haven Document Leak Exposes Corruption and Crime on Global Scale
    http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/1.712456

    Read more here: https://www.icij.org/project/panama-papers

    Massive disclosure to offshore banking and corruption. On international level.
    This article is targeted for Israeli audience therefore there is focus on the Israeli connections, yet the Israelis are not the essence of this disclosure and its global political ramifications.

    Quote A trove of files obtained by German journalists reveals how a global industry of law firms and large banks sell financial secrecy services to politicians, crooks and drug dealers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars.
    A massive leak of millions of documents has revealed that heads of state, criminals and celebrities conduct and sometimes conceal their business activities in tax havens. The leak exposes holdings in shadowy companies that are owned by 11 past and present heads of state, and reveals how partners of Russian President Vladimir Putin clandestinely transferred no less than $2 billion through banks and companies registered in tax shelters.

    The source of the leaked documents is a very powerful yet not very well-known law firm called Mossack Fonseca. This firm has branches in Hong Kong, Miami, Zurich and more than 35 other locations around the world, among them Israel. The documents reveal many Israeli connections and disclose that businesspeople with Israeli citizenship as well as Israeli banks and companies have used the law firm to register companies in tax havens around the world.

    The documents expose, among other things, firms controlled by the prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, the king of Saudi Arabia and the children of the president of Azerbaijan registered in tax havens. They refer to at least 33 companies and individuals that have been on a United States government blacklist for having connections with Mexican drug lords, terror organizations like Hezbollah and rogue states like North Korea and Iran. One of the companies exposed in the leaked documents provided fuel for the aircraft used by the Syrian government to bomb and kill thousands of its citizens.

    Among the revelations are secret manipulations by banks, companies and individuals connected to Vladimir Putin. The documents name companies registered in tax havens that have links to the Russian president and his network, and have carried out money transfers of as much as $200 million at a time. Putin’s associates disguised payments, backdated documents and accumulated influence behind the scenes at media companies and in automobile industries.

    Inside the Panama Papers ICIJ


    These findings are being disclosed on Sunday and over the next several days with the publication of the results of an investigation conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other media organizations, among them Haaretz. The database of 11.5 million documents and correspondences that has come into the hands of the ICIJ reveals how a global industry of law firms and large banks sell financial secrecy services to politicians, crooks and drug dealers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars.

    The investigation began after Süddeutsche Zeitung journalists obtained millions of documents from a secret source and shared them with the ICIJ and other media partners. The media organizations involved in this collaboration have not paid for the documents. For many months journalists working in more than 25 languages cooperated in the biggest journalistic investigation of all time. They delved into the internal operations of Mossack Fonseca and traced its clients’ secret deals worldwide. They shared information with each other and chased down clues with the help of corporate documents, title deeds, financial transactions, court records and interviews with money-laundering experts and top law-enforcement officials.

    Forty years of tax havens

    Mossack Fonseca is one of the leading firms in the creation of shell companies that often serve to conceal ownership of assets. The firm’s internal documents contain information concerning 214,488 bodies in tax havens, which are connected to persons in more than 200 states and territories. ICIJ will publish a complete list of the companies and the individuals connected to them at the beginning of May. The information includes emails, financial balance sheets and data on companies that reveal the secret owners of bank accounts and companies in 21 tax shelters from Nevada to Singapore to the British Virgin Islands.

    The leaked information covers a span of nearly 40 years, from 1977 until the end of 2015. It provides a first look of its kind into the world of tax havens. Innumerable email exchanges, letters and passport photocopies document how day after day, decade after decade, wealth flowed to these companies through the pipelines of the global financial system.

    The documents clearly show that large banks are the main impelling force behind the establishment of companies whose ownership is virtually untraceable in the British Virgin Islands, Panama and other tax havens. The materials detail more than 15,300 companies that banks have established for clients wishing to conceal their financial conduct, among them hundreds of companies established by the international giants UBS and HSBC.

    Israeli banks, too, appear in the files. It turns out that Bank Hapoalim managed some of its trusteeship activities for trust funds through the law firm. This activity, carried out by means of the subsidiary Poalim Trust Services, closed down in 2011. The documents also contains many correspondences concerning Bank Leumi activity in Jersey in the Channel Islands.

    Most of the services provided by the tax haven industry are legal — strictly speaking, according the letter of the law. However, the documents show that banks, law firms and others involved in tax havens have not always been strict about conforming to the legal requirements that aim to ensure that clients are not involved in criminal activity, are not evading tax payments and are not involved in political corruption. In a number of cases, the documents show that intermediaries in the tax havens took measures to protect themselves and their clients by means of concealing suspicious fund transfers or making changes in the records. Sometimes this was done while encouraging crime and evading taxes.

    A number of heads of states who have declared war on corruption star in the leaked documents. The investigation found companies registered in tax havens that are connected to the family of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who swore to combat “the armies of corruption,” as well as to the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, who sees himself as a reformer in a country that is rife with corruption. The documents also contain new information about transactions in tax shelters carried out by the late father of British Prime Minister David Cameron, a leader in the initiative to tackle the issue of tax havens.

    The documents include information about one person convicted of money laundering and organizing illegal election donations of $50,000 which were then used to pay the burglars in the Watergate affair. They also contain the names of 29 of the billionaires on Forbes Magazine’s list of the 500 Richest People in the World, among them the Israeli Idan Ofer. Film star Jackie Chan, who is also on the Forbes list, owns at least six companies managed by the law firm. As is the case for many Mossack Fonseca clients, there is no evidence of illegal actions taken by Chan through these companies.

    Owning a company registered in a tax haven is not illegal. Sometimes, for purposes of international financial transactions, this is a reasonable business decision. However, the Mossack Fonseca documents show that among its clients were Ponzi scheme initiators, drug lords, tax evaders and at least one convicted sex offender: An American businessman convicted of traveling to Russia to have sexual relations with orphaned minors signed documents as the director of a company registered in a tax haven while serving his prison sentence in New Jersey.

    The documents also reveal new information about publicized scandals, from the largest gold heist in the history of Britain to accusations of corruption connected to FIFA, the international soccer association. The leaked documents show that the Uruguayan law firm of FIFA ethics committee member Juan Pedro Damiani had business ties to three men who have been convicted in the FIFA corruption case: former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo and father and son Hugo and Mariano Jinkis. The latter two were convicted of paying bribes to obtain broadcast rights for soccer matches in South America. Documents show that Damiani’s law firm represented a company registered to Jinkis and seven others registered to Figueredo in a tax haven.

    The name of the best soccer player in the world, Lionel Messi, also appears in the documents. A company in Panama called Mega Star Enterprises, Inc., which was established in 2012 by Mossack Fonseca, adds another name to the list of shelf companies connected to Messi that are currently under investigation by the Spanish authorities on suspicion of tax evasion.

    Mossack Fonseca aggressively protects the confidentiality of their clients, be they famous or unknown. The files show that in Nevada, the firm tried to protect itself and its clients from the outcome of a legal suit by recruiting computer experts to erase evidence from the telephones and computers of its Las Vegas branch employees.

    The leaked files show that the firm submitted backdated documents in order to help its clients profit from their financial transactions. This practice was so common that email exchanges from 2007 show that the firm’s employees discussed preparing a price list — for every month that a document was backdated, clients would pay $8.75.

    In reply to ICIJ questions about these methods, Mossack Fonseca replied that backdating of documents “is a well-founded and accepted practice” that is “common in our industry and its aim is not to cover up or hide unlawful acts.” The company noted that it would not be able to answer questions about specific instances because of its obligation to maintain client privacy.

    In a recent interview on Panamanian television, Ramon Fonseca, the founder of the law firm, said that his company is not responsible for what clients do in the businesses it helps them register in tax shelters. He compared his firm to “an automobile factory, which is no longer responsible once the car has been produced.” Blaming Mossack Fonseca for what people do with their companies, he said, would be like blaming the manufacturer “if a car it made was used for purposes of robbery.”

    Not everyone agrees with him. “The findings show how deeply crime and illegal conduct are entrenched in the world of tax havens,” says economist Gabriel Zucman of the University of California at Berkeley, the author of the book “The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens.” Zucman, who participated in the ICIJ investigation, says that the publication of the leaked documents should encourage governments to impose “concrete sanctions” on countries where such firms are registered and on institutions that provide confidentiality for companies using tax havens.
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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    One of the biggest disclosures,let's see if something good comes out of this.So much corruption!

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    Very Cool, I hope this blossoms into something big.
    Hi NeedleThreader, I merged your thread and title with this pre-existing one on the same subject
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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    "Unprecedented Leak" Exposes The Criminal Financial Dealings Of Some Of The World's Wealthiest People

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-0...lthiest-people

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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    I Believe that the source of this Leak is the following website: https://panamapapers.icij.org

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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    Interesting - no U.S. persons - maybe because the leak was released in conjunction with the Open Society Foundations a George Soros front.
    So presumably this is a targeted operation rather than an attempt to expose everyone with their hand in the cookie jar.

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    Yep, a Google search reveals much about the focus the lamestream media has been ordered to take.

    As usual, we see nothing but carefully managed and controlled revelations.

    The revelation that 11 million documents were leaked to a German newspaper about a year ago will very likely come to nothing more than another lamestream media propaganda and spin exercise.

    The 400 "select journalists" who have had access to this data for several months are without a doubt only journalists who are on the CIA's payroll.

    Under the circumstances, the only cherry picked bits and pieces these 400 prostitutes can come up with relate mainly to Russia and Iceland. Why? Because the data that could damage the West's allies is strictly off-limits.

    The obvious strategy that we will see play-out in the lamestream media is twofold:
    1. Maintain focus on exposing those leaders who do not adhere to the New World Order's agenda. So, expect to see info on the same targets revamped over and over ad nausea.
    2. Carefully avoid exposing the payoffs of those compliant political leaders who have been bought and paid for by the NWO's elite and their bankster friends so don't expect to see anything about the King of Saudi Arabia or the many other compliant leaders.

    A Google search today proved this agenda is in play because Russia and Iceland both refuse to play ball when it comes to the NWO's agenda. As we all know, Iceland is the one country that refused to bail out the banksters in 2008 and instead gave them their marching orders. And Russia has been under a sustained propaganda attack for several years since they have been a leader of BRICS. No doubt that if China, Brazil or South Africa are clients of this law firm, we can expect to see their leaders exposed as well.

    Here in Australia, our public broadcasters. the ABC and SBS will obligingly regurgitate what the international news services feed them as usual, using the excuse that they simply don't have the time or resources to think for themselves anymore.
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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

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    Massive Tax Haven Document Leak Exposes Corruption and Crime on Global Scale
    http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/1.712456 Read more here: https://www.icij.org/project/panama-papers
    I haven't researched this much as yet but the website of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists says the ICIJ "was launched as a project of the Centre for Public Integrity". This CPI lists as its funders people like the Rockefellers and Carnegies and other NWO criminals. (Go here https://www.publicintegrity.org/abou...ork/supporters) for the full list. So I would suspect that the ICIJ is just another CIA propaganda outlet masquerading as news.

    As I understand it, the German newspaper brought in the ICIJ as their partner on this project. No doubt the owner(s) of this newspaper were ordered to do so in order to manage and control the revelations.

    But always willing to be proven wrong!
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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    Quote Posted by NeedleThreader (here)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-35918844

    http://panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de/en/

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2016...idden-offshore - Putin and his $



    Very Cool, I hope this blossoms into something big.
    Don't forget the UnaOil scandal I posted about last week. It all ties in, and yes I believe something very big is in the wings....
    I wonder what will be next (these things usually come in threes).

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    Not sure if posted..?

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    So much going on now that anything could be tied in. No coincidence that its close to election time in the states me thinks.

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    First Panama Papers Casualty? Former Iceland Premier Calls On Current PM To Resign To "Prevent An Uprising"

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/03/2016 19:15 -0400


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    One of the more prominent names featured in the Panama Papers disclosure is that of Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. The reason is that according to the leaked files, Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and his wife secretly owned a company called Wintris set up in 2007 on the Caribbean island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, to hold investments with his wealthy partner, later wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir.

    As Guardian reports, the couple were living in the UK at the time and had been advised to set up a company in the tax haven in order to hold and invest substantial proceeds from the sale of Pálsdóttir’s share in her family’s business back in Iceland.

    Gunnlaugsson owned a 50% stake in Wintris for more than two years, then transferred it to Pálsdóttir, who held the other 50%, for one dollar. The prime minister’s office now says his shareholding was an error and “it had always been clear to both of them that the prime minister’s wife owned the assets”. Once drawn to the couple’s attention in late 2009, the error was corrected.

    Towards the end of Gunnlaugsson’s time as a Wintris shareholder, having returned to Iceland, he was elected to parliament as leader of the Progressive party.

    Gunnlaugsson, who became prime minister four years later, never disclosed his Wintris shares on Iceland’s parliamentary register of MPs’ financial interests.

    As the Guardian also reported earlier, in the video clip below [see original article], PM Gunnlaugsson walks out of an interview with Swedish television company SVT. Gunnlaugsson is asked about Wintris, which he says has been fully declared to the Icelandic tax authority. Gunnlaugsson says he is not prepared to answer such questions and decides to discontinue the interview, saying: ‘What are you trying to make up here? This is totally inappropriate.

    The prime minister and his wife then rushed out separate public statements in Icelandic condemning reporters’ intrusions into their private business matters.

    Both stressed their financial interests had always been properly disclosed to the Icelandic tax authorities. The Guardian has seen no evidence to suggest tax avoidance, evasion or any dishonest financial gain on the part of Gunnlaugsson, Pálsdóttir or Wintris.

    But it may be too late.

    As the Guardian adds, the prime minister is this week expected to face calls in parliament for a snap election after the Panama Papers revealed he is among several leading politicians around the world with links to secretive companies in offshore tax havens.
    Quote The financial affairs of Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and his wife have come under scrutiny because of details revealed in documents from a Panamanian law firm that helps clients protect their wealth in secretive offshore tax regimes. The files from Mossack Fonseca form the biggest ever data leak to journalists Opposition leaders have this weekend been discussing a motion calling for a general election – in effect a confidence vote in the prime minister.

    On Monday, Gunnlaugsson is expected to face allegations from opponents that he has hidden a major financial conflict of interest from voters ever since he was elected an MP seven years ago.
    As Iceland's Visir reports, quoting a facebook post by Iceland's former PM Johanna Sigurdardottir, she is calling upon Gunnlaugssonto resign to "prevent a social uprising", and calling on him to “give a straightforward account of all the facts of the matter”. Google translated:
    Quote Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir said debt his people to leave immediately and prevent an uprising in society.

    Johanna Sigurdardottir, a former prime minister, says that the Prime Minister must immediately resign and the government all to leave. The Facebook post her she says that it is not just the credibility of the nation to the international community that is at stake - but will people never feel what leaders have been proven to be. It has formed a real breaches of confidentiality between the Government and the people of the country. Riots and anger in the community will not be weaker this collapse. Furthermore, says Johanna society will not have the Prime Minister that it needs to be ashamed, Prime Minister of the obvious has become the deception and dishonesty, the Prime Minister described was mistrust on the currency and the Icelandic economy by hiding their money in tax shelter, the Prime Minister does not seem to understand what morality is and wants to get yourself set up its own protocol, which is currently placed in the group with the perverse power brokers in the world. Prime Minister owes his people to leave immediately and prevent an uprising in society.
    The former finance minister Steingrímur Sigfússon told the Guardian: “We can’t permit this. Iceland would simply look like a banana republic. No one is saying he used his position as prime minister to help this offshore company, but the fact is you shouldn’t leave yourself open to a conflict of interest. And nor should you keep it secret.”

    Essentially, Gunnlaugsson political career is over, and the only question is whether Goldman has already picked a banker to replace him.
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    Default Re: The PANAMA PAPERS: ICIJ Lifts Veil on Offshore World - Historic Leak - Implicating World Leaders, Giant Corporations

    I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
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    Captain Renault: Oh, thank you very much.

    The rich have schemes to avoid paying taxes. I don't see this amounting to more than a few pols losing their positions. More here
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