The Money Go-Round

by Bruce K. Gagnon
The Panama Papers leak is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to global tax havens.
I want to see some names of leading western politicians….why were they not released?
The United States government is behind the recent tax avoidance-related leak known as the Panama Papers, in order to target Russia and President Vladimir Putin, renowned whistleblower group WikiLeaks claimed early Wednesday.
WikiLeaks say the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project or OCCRP, “which targets Russia and (the) former USSR,” receives funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development or USAID and that U.S. hedge fund billionaire George Soros was behind the leak.

“#PanamaPapers Putin attack was produced by OCCRP which targets Russia & former USSR and was funded by USAID & Soros,” WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter. “US govt funded #PanamaPapers attack story on Putin via USAID. Some good journalists but no model for integrity.”

Immediately after the leak went live, many news outlets were focused on how a friend of President Putin was directly involved in hiding billions of dollars in offshore tax havens using the services of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
However, Putin himself is not directly linked to the leaks and his name did not appear in the leaked documents. Putin’s photo though was emblazoned across these stories throughout the western world.

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