The Panama Papers had been one in all a number of leaks of monetary paperwork by ICIJ. (File)
The whistleblower behind the “Panama Papers” which revealed main tax evasion and fraud worldwide mentioned he feared Russian retribution, in an interview printed Saturday by Germany’s Der Spiegel.
The journal quoted him below his pseudonym John Doe as saying he had proof of monetary wrongdoing by high Russian officers and their allies which helped fund the warfare in Ukraine.
Asked by Spiegel whether or not he feared for his life, he mentioned, “It’s a risk that I live with, given that the Russian government has expressed the fact that it wants me dead.”
When Spiegel requested John Doe about tax havens utilized by “strongmen in autocratic regimes”, he spoke of the alleged function they play in Russia, whose leaders deny breaking the legislation.
Russian President Vladimir “Putin is more of a threat to the United States than Hitler ever was, and shell companies are his best friend,” he mentioned.
“Shell companies funding the Russian military are what kill innocent civilians in Ukraine as Putin’s missiles target shopping centres.”
He mentioned nameless corporations “make these horrors and more possible by removing accountability from society. But without accountability, society cannot function.”
He mentioned Russian state-funded channel RT had aired a two-part Panama Papers docudrama that includes a “John Doe” character “who suffered a torture-induced head injury during the opening credits”.
“However bizarre and tacky, it was not subtle,” he mentioned.
“We have seen others with connections to offshore accounts and tax justice resort to murder, as with the tragedies involving Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak,” referring to investigative reporters killed in Malta and Slovakia.
In what was billed as his first interview for the reason that launch of the Panama Papers in 2016, John Doe mentioned he had no plans to come back out from the quilt of anonymity.
“The Panama Papers involve so many different transnational criminal organisations, some of them with links to governments, that it’s difficult to imagine how it could ever be safe to identify myself,” he mentioned.
The Panama Papers had been one in all a number of leaks of monetary paperwork by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Their revelations triggered the resignation of the prime minister of Iceland and paved the way in which for the chief of Pakistan to be ousted.
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