Are Corporate Gatekeepers Protecting Western Elites from the Leaked Panama Papers?

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

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As someone who spends most of his waking hours trying to make sense of the world around him, the Panama Papers leak seemed to represent one of those stories that only come around once or twice a year, if that. However, unlike with the Snowden leaks, the more media coverage I read surrounding shell company assembly line law firm Mossack Fonseca, the more I was left with a nagging sensation that something was just not right. Something felt off, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then along came an article by Craig Murray, which offered a plausible explanation of what had been nagging me.

First, many of you won’t know who Craig Murray is. Here’s a quick description of the man from his own website:

Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and Rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010.

With that out of the way, I want to turn your attention to the very interesting article he penned, Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak:

Whoever leaked the Mossack Fonseca papers appears motivated by a genuine desire to expose the system that enables the ultra wealthy to hide their massive stashes, often corruptly obtained and all involved in tax avoidance. These Panamanian lawyers hide the wealth of a significant proportion of the 1%, and the massive leak of their documents ought to be a wonderful thing.

Unfortunately the leaker has made the dreadful mistake of turning to the western corporate media to publicise the results. In consequence the first major story, published today by the Guardian, is all about Vladimir Putin and a cellist on the fiddle. As it happens I believe the story and have no doubt Putin is bent. 

But why focus on Russia? Russian wealth is only a tiny minority of the money hidden away with the aid of Mossack Fonseca. In fact, it soon becomes obvious that the selective reporting is going to stink. 

The Suddeutsche Zeitung, which received the leak, gives a detailed explanation of the methodology the corporate media used to search the files. The main search they have done is for names associated with breaking UN sanctions regimes. The Guardian reports this too and helpfully lists those countries as Zimbabwe, North Korea, Russia and Syria. The filtering of this Mossack Fonseca information by the corporate media follows a direct western governmental agenda. There is no mention at all of use of Mossack Fonseca by massive western corporations or western billionaires – the main customers. And the Guardian is quick to reassure that “much of the leaked material will remain private.”

What do you expect? The leak is being managed by the grandly but laughably named “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists”, which is funded and organised entirely by the USA’s Center for Public Integrity. Their funders include

Ford Foundation
Carnegie Endowment
Rockefeller Family Fund
W K Kellogg Foundation
Open Society Foundation (Soros)

among many others. Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism. The dirty secrets of western corporations will remain unpublished.

Expect hits at Russia, Iran and Syria and some tiny “balancing” western country like Iceland. A superannuated UK peer or two will be sacrificed – someone already with dementia.

The corporate media – the Guardian and BBC in the UK – have exclusive access to the database which you and I cannot see. They are protecting themselves from even seeing western corporations’ sensitive information by only looking at those documents which are brought up by specific searches such as UN sanctions busters. Never forget the Guardian smashed its copies of the Snowden files on the instruction of MI6. 

What if they did Mossack Fonseca database searches on the owners of all the corporate media and their companies, and all the editors and senior corporate media journalists? What if they did Mossack Fonseca searches on all the most senior people at the BBC? What if they did Mossack Fonseca searches on every donor to the Center for Public Integrity and their companies?

What if they did Mossack Fonseca searches on every listed company in the western stock exchanges, and on every western millionaire they could trace?

That would be much more interesting. I know Russia and China are corrupt, you don’t have to tell me that. What if you look at things that we might, here in the west, be able to rise up and do something about?

And what if you corporate lapdogs let the people see the actual data? 

UPDATE

Hundreds of thousands of people have read this post in the 11 hours since it was published – despite it being overnight here in the UK. There are 235,918 “impressions” on twitter (as twitter calls them) and over 3,700 people have “shared” so far on Facebook, bringing scores of new readers each.

I would remind you that this blog is produced free for the public good and you are welcome to republish or re-use this article or any other material freely anywhere without requesting further permission.

It’s starting to make a lot more sense. Zerohedge picked up on this angle as well, noting the following:

Finally, for those curious why not a single prominent US name features in the list above, the reason may be found within the snapshot of the non-profit ICIJ’s “funding supporters“:  

Recent ICIJ funders include: Adessium Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Fritt Ord Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Ford Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts and Waterloo Foundation.

And then, at the bottom of the Panama Papers disclosure site we again find Open Society which, as everyone knows, is another name for George Soros.

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[As did James Corbett.]

While everyone seems to be focused on George Soros and the Open Society, I was even more intrigued by USAID. Why? Because in 2014 the organization was exposed as the key player in a U.S. government plot to stir up dissent in Cuba.

First, from the post, U.S. Government Caught Using Humanitarian HIV Program as a Front to Foster Cuban Dissent:

WASHINGTON — Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work undercover. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world’s most sophisticated counter-intelligence services.

Their assignment was to recruit young Cubans to anti-government activism, which they did under the guise of civic programs, including an HIV prevention workshop. Murillo was instructed to check in every 48 hours and was provided with a set of security codes. “I have a headache,” for instance, meant the Costa Rican thought the Cubans were watching him and the mission should be suspended.

Over at least two years, the U.S. Agency for International Development — best known for overseeing billions of dollars in U.S. humanitarian aid — sent nearly a dozen neophytes from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to gin up opposition in Cuba. The danger was apparent to USAID, if not to the young operatives: A USAID contractor, American Alan Gross, had just been hauled away to a Cuban jail for smuggling in sensitive technology. He remains there still.

Staging a workshop as a front to subvert a foreign government risked casting suspicion on USAID’s legitimate public health mission, including a more than $3 billion annual HIV program that the agency says has helped some 50 million people in nearly 100 countries.

As is typically the case, the rabbit hole goes deeper. From the post, Conspiracy Fact – How the U.S. Government Covertly Invented a “Cuban Twitter” to Create Revolution:

WASHINGTON — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government.

McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver. Their mission: to launch a messaging network that could reach hundreds of thousands of Cubans. To hide the network from the Cuban government, they would set up a byzantine system of front companies using a Cayman Islands bank account, and recruit unsuspecting executives who would not be told of the company’s ties to the U.S. government.

McSpedon didn’t work for the CIA. This was a program paid for and run by the U.S. Agency for International Development, best known for overseeing billions of dollars in U.S. humanitarian aid.

Note, USAID wasn’t a marginal player in this scheme, the entire program was “paid for and run by the U.S. Agency for International Development.”

Certainly makes you wonder.

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  • Jana Greasley

    You just confirmed all my suspicions and more,will be following you now.

  • Mark Bottorff

    Makes me wonder? No bout a doubt it ( as they say where I come from). Plain as the nose on your face but people need a mirror to see the nose on their face. Sure wish I had a giant mirror. This so called “leak” is simply what they they want to have “leaked”, not to mention that the western media have not only cherry picked but totally distorted the content (lied).
    Mossack Fonseca is at best a pimple on the ass of the Beast. Maybe looking at the much more obvious than Panama would reveal a little bit more? Haven’t heard about enstadts in Lichtenstein for a while, not that they are any more culpable than any other of the myriad of “safe havens”.
    Oh, I forgot: Putin did it!
    Be right back after I vomit. Again.

  • tom

    “…the USA’s Center for Public Integrity…”

    That alone made me laugh for several minutes. It’s perhaps the ultimate oxymoron.

  • tom

    “What if they did Mossack Fonseca database searches on the owners of all the corporate media and their companies, and all the editors and senior corporate media journalists?”

    What if they did that, and then deleted everything they found? What are the odds they have already done that?

    Or, even more likely, what if the CIA already did that before it “leaked” the information?

  • Mr Boompi

    The bottom 99% of the “1%” do not have enough money to engage in offshore tax evasion schemes.

  • cityspeak

    Thanks for this.
    I saw it as payback for Putin throwing a wrench into Syria.
    How it came out right after and over shadowed the bribing scandal of Iraqi contracts which threatens to expose what all this regime change is about made the timing suspect.
    The naming of the names with the “civilized western world” noticeably absent had me scrawl “hit piece” across the heading.

    The theft of taxes from the general population has been going on for decades and the powers that could stop it have not because they benefit from it.
    The rest of us face draconian measures for the slightest infractions.

  • You got Washington’s blog! 04/04/2016 The largest leak of secret documents in history was just released — here are its key finding

    Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin have ties to the documents leaked on Sunday. A giant leak of documents from the internal database of a global law firm based in Panama, Mossack Fonseca, has revealed the offshore holdings of 140 politicians, public officials, and athletes around the world.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/panama-papers-main-findings-2016-4

  • Apr 3, 2016 The Panama Papers: Victims of Offshore

    The Panama Papers is a global investigation into the sprawling, secretive industry of offshore that the world’s rich and powerful use to hide assets and skirt rules by setting up front companies in far-flung jurisdictions.

    https://youtu.be/F6XnH_OnpO0

  • diogenes

    Thanks for copying this important piece. It’s been apparent for a long time that the “Guardian” has been compromised, along with the rest of “our” (sic) major (sick) media. Let the looting continue! Kill the messengers — or drug them, or buy them out! After all, it’s The American Way — that is, The America Inc. way. That is, the Wall Street pirate way. And if you don’t like it, you’re a Commie!

  • April 5, 2016 PANAMA ‘TAX SCAM’ LAWYER IS SON OF NAZI SS OFFICER FROM DREADED DEATH’S HEAD DIVISION WHO FLED TO SOUTH AMERICA THEN SPIED ON CUBA FOR THE CIA, BROTHER REVEALS

    The half-brother of Panama lawyer Jürgen Mossack (pictured) revealed that his father was a Nazi S.S. officer during the war, before spying on Cuba for CIA. The man behind a Panama ‘tax scam’ that guards the clandestine wealth of the global elite is the son of a Nazi SS officer from a unit known as the ‘Death’s Head division’.

    http://www.blacklistednews.com/Panama_'tax_scam'_lawyer_is_son_of_Nazi_SS_officer_from_dreaded_Death's_Head_division_who_fled_to_South_America_then_SPIED_on_Cuba_for_the_CIA,_brother_reveals/50279/0/38/38/Y/M.html

  • Brockland A.T.

    Actually, the first victim of the Panama revelations was a Westerner; Iceland’s Prime Minister David Gunlaugsson may have been forced to resign. The Prime Minister of the only Western nation to prosecute and convict its own banksters has been publicly shamed.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/panama-papers/panama-papers-iceland-s-prime-minister-david-gunlaugsson-resigns-n550971

    This is despite the fact that Gunlaugsson is likely guilty of no personal wrongdoing.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/04/icelandic-pm-gunnlaugsson-faces-no-confidence-vote-panama-papers-wife-offshore

    This whole Panama Papers thing is a very sophisticated propaganda shot.

    Dmitry Peskov, considered a key Putin man, for example, just happened to become estranged from his first wife in 2012. Peskov then remarried Tatiana Navka, a former Olympic ice skater. In 2014 she set up Carina Global Assets, a secret firm through the Isle of Mann, a popular tax haven in and of itself.

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/apr/04/kremlin-reaction-putin-dmitry-peskov-panama-papers-putinphobia

    It would be surprising, though, if any other political figures other than Gunlaugsson face serious consequences for the ‘business as usual’ of their class.

  • ICFubar

    The thin veil the fascist elites maintain for the sake of keeping the commoners complacent is really coming to tatters. This must mean these fascists are near to completion in structuring their NWO and to its unveiling following the coming engineered financial collapse. They are moving on many fronts simultaneously, both domestically and internationally. The only question is whether the police and armed forces will support them or turn on them in support of the people? There will be blood.

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