Panama Paper Leak: The Possible Conspiracy Theories

By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-04-14 16:15:00.0Category:  Awareness
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Panama Papers leak is considered to be the biggest leak in the history of data journalism. Now, the world is trying to figure out whether the leaks was carefully crafted and orchestrated by a specific organisation or agency? Here are a list of possible theories:


Putinophobia: While neither Vladimir Putin nor any members of his family were mentioned in the Panama Papers leak, most Western media chose to break the story with the Russian president’s photo. Ray McGovern, a former CIA officer, told Russia Today that the fact that the Western media has been using Putin as the “face” of the Panama Papers leak can be easily explained by looking at the people and organizations behind these news outlets. “Everyone in corporate press is controlled by corporations that profit on wars and have an interest in creating tensions – all these people in the Western press, like the Guardian, are blackening Putin a designated villain here. Curiously, his name is not in these documents,” Ray says. Annie Machon, a former MI5 agent, advised being cautious when reading news in the MSM, as there is always an agenda behind what is presented in those publications.



US AID and Soros: According to the WikiLeaks tweets, the attack on Putin was “produced by [the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project] OCCRP which targets Russia & former USSR and was funded by [the U.S. Agency for International Development] USAID & Soros,”. The reasoning behind this could be due to the USAID was expelled from Russia in 2012 following Russia's crackdown on NGOs that receive foreign funding. Also, last year Russia branded the Open Society Foundation and the Open Society Institute's Assistance Foundation, both financed by Soros, as “undesirable organizations.”



CIA: In an exclusive interview from Munich, Financial whistle blower Bradley Birkenfeld told CNBC on Tuesday that the leak of over 11 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca is most likely not a whistleblower job, but rather an “intelligence agency operation.” The Financial whistleblower who helped expose American tax evaders hiding assets in Swiss banks said, “The very fact that we see all these names surface that are the direct quote-unquote enemies of the United States:  Russia, China, Pakistan, Argentina… and we don't see one US name. Why is that? Quite frankly, my feeling is that this is certainly an intelligence agency operation,”. The former banker acknowledged that when he worked in a Swiss bank and was aware that Mossack Fonseca was an integral part of a worldwide offshore financial network used to avoid domestic taxes but he also pointed out that the Panama firm was a relatively minor player in the tax evasion scheme. Furthermore, he also revealed quite a number of firms in Panama are still offering similar services because “The cost of doing business there was quite low, relatively speaking”.  


Media Bias: The absence of any prominent US institutions or citizens in the first list of names revealed by the ICIJ has spurred rumours ranging from a conspiracy to media bias. Ray McGovern, a former CIA officer believes it was “a major mistake made by the leaker” to hand the documents over to the corporate media, instead of leaking them to trusted independent journalists. In addition, the UK blogger Craig Murray and former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, said that German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung had made the “dreadful mistake of turning to the western corporate media to publicise the results.” Also,  Given that the ICIJ has listed 617 middlemen in the US, it would be surprising if American figures were not linked to the growing scandal.

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