By Bastian Obermayer, Frederik Obermaier
Late one night, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer gets an nameless message supplying him entry to mystery info. via encrypted channels, he then gets records revealing how the president of Argentina has sequestered thousands of bucks of country funds for personal use. this can be simply the beginning.
Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche journalist Frederik Obermaier locate themselves immersed within the mystery international the place complicated networks of letterbox businesses support the super-rich to conceal their funds. confronted with the contents of the most important facts leak in background, they turn on a global community of newshounds to stick with each attainable line of inquiry. working within the strictest secrecy for over a 12 months, they discover situations concerning ecu top ministers and foreign dictators, emirs and kings, celebrities and aristocrats. The real-life mystery at the back of the tale of the century, The Panama Papers is an extreme, unputdownable account that proves, as soon as and for all, that there exists a small elite dwelling through a unique algorithm and blows their mystery all over the world open.
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At the end of our conversation Gerard Ryle promises to fly to Munich in the next few weeks to see the files with his own eyes. Almost accidentally, during one of our evening browsing sessions, we stumble upon something that we had overlooked until now. e. the banks or asset managers. The general secretiveness of Mossfon staff – abbreviated client names and codenames – suggests that there is something fishy going on,1 but what we read in these memos is of a quite different tenor. They mention brokers with ‘large numbers of clients with undeclared accounts’, a law firm with ‘a separate department for illegal funds’ and that Mossack Fonseca ‘offers solutions’ for withholding tax on payments of interest in Europe.
There’s a lot more from where that came from. I’m desperate to look through the documents straight away, but – and this is very tough – I first have to go to the pharmacy and shop for bread, fruit and tea. I’m the only one in a fit state to leave the house. The positive effect of this epidemic is that no one wants me to take them to the woods, play football or go for a walk. By late afternoon every bed in the house has a sleeping patient in it and I can return to my computer. The new documents also seem to come exclusively from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
Nor Siemens was ever mentioned when Casa Grande Development was handing out millions from the slush funds, entering into contracts or conducting business. The nominee directors signed, and from the outside it was impossible to tell who was really controlling matters. The company was an ideal vehicle for kick-starting the business of Siemens’s South American division anonymously and circumventing both the law and internal oversight. Even if someone had discovered who owned Casa Grande Development’s shares, they would not have been able to prove any link to Siemens.