Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wrapping fish with the Panama Papers

The story thus far;

In March of 2015 a computer hacker, burdened by the scourge of income inequality in the world, makes forty years of confidential legal documents from a Panamanian law firm available to the hitherto unheralded fighters for social justice at Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung. Quickly realizing they are out of their depth, the folks at SZ immediately share their horde of documents with the more experienced anti-corruption crusaders at the Guardian, Washington Post, and Le Monde. Before you know it, the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism is on the case, and they, along with experts from over 100 media outlets in 80 countries are analyzing these eleven million documents. Thousands of investigators and experts analyze for over a year, and the story eventually pops in April of 2016.

Hmm...  Why the SZ in the first instance? And why take it next to the WP, owned by one of the most prolific tax evader/avoiders in the world, Jeff Bezos? And is Le Monde not also in the hands of a pair of chappies who have on occasion run afoul of the law? And have not the crusaders at ICIJ as well as their mothership, the Center for Public Integrity, been called out on their lack of exactly that, time after time?

That year of "analysing;"...

Were the experts analysing?

Or were they scrubbing.?

Just looking for links to their enemies, or all of the above?....

The questioning has only begun,

But already the story smells more than a little fishy.

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