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German Paper Publishes ‘Manifesto’ from Panama Leak Source

By on May 6, 2016

FILE - In this April 4, 2016 file photo, a marquee on a building in Panama City, Panama, lists the Mossack Fonseca law firm, one of the leaders in setting up offshore bank accounts for the rich and powerful. Offshore accounts conjure up images of malicious misdeeds, but many people use them for more than just hiding bribes and laundering money. And offshore accounts can be a financial tool for more than just the ultra-wealthy, too. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

A marquee on a building in Panama City lists the Mossack Fonseca law firm. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

BERLIN – A German newspaper that obtained leaked files from a Panamanian law firm detailing offshore financial dealings published Friday what it said is a manifesto from its anonymous source, who described having been moved to act by “the scale of the injustices” the documents show.

The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung was offered the leaked data over a year ago through an encrypted channel by the source, and started publishing material last month along with other outlets it shared the information with. It said it has now received a manifesto from its source, the self-described “John Doe,” though it didn’t specify how and when. It couldn’t immediately be reached for further details.

The repercussions of the leaked documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca have been far-ranging. The uproar led to the resignation of the prime minister of Iceland, and brought scrutiny to, among others, the leaders of Argentina and Ukraine, Chinese politicians, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his friends.

The piece published Friday says the papers “show beyond a shadow of a doubt that although shell companies are not illegal by definition, they are used to carry out a wide array of serious crimes that go beyond evading taxes.”

Its author writes: “I decided to expose Mossack Fonseca because I thought its founders, employees and clients should have to answer for their roles in these crimes, only some of which have come to light thus far.”

The manifesto says

The Associated Press

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