The Panama Papers are The documents contain personal financial information about wealthy individuals and public officials that had previously been kept private. He added that he had never worked for any government or intelligence agency and expressed willingness to help prosecutors if granted immunity from prosecution.
Journalists from media organizations in 80 countries analyzed documents detailing the operations of the law firm. The documents were dubbed the Panama Papers because of the country they were leaked from; however, the Panamanian government expressed strong objections to the name over concerns that it would tarnish the government's and country's image worldwide, as did other entities Backdating government documents leaked Panama and elsewhere.
This led to an advertising campaign some weeks after the leak, titled "Panama, more than papers". Much of this information does not show anything more than prudent financial management. It is generally not against the law in and of itself to own an offshore shell company, although offshore shell companies Backdating government documents leaked sometimes be used for illegal purposes.
The journalists on the investigative team found business transactions by many important figures in world politics, sports and art. Many of these transactions are quite legal. Since the data is incomplete, questions remain in many other cases; still others seem to clearly indicate ethical if not legal impropriety.
Some disclosures — tax avoidance in very poor countries by very wealthy entities and individuals Backdating government documents leaked example — lead to questions on moral grounds. Other offshore shell company transactions described in the documents do seem to have broken exchange laws, violated trade sanctions or stemmed from political corruption, according to ICIJ reporters. Named in the leak were 12 current or former world leaders, other public officials and politicians, and hundreds of celebrities, businessmen and other wealthy individuals of over countries.
Individuals and entities may open offshore accounts for any number of reasons, some of which are entirely legal  but ethically questionable. A Canadian lawyer based in Dubai noted, for example, that businesses might wish to avoid falling under Islamic inheritance jurisprudence if an owner dies. Three holding companies set up by Mossack Fonseca now own the property, and are in turn held by trusts set up for his children and grandchildren.
Other uses are more ambiguous. Chinese companies may incorporate offshore in order to raise foreign capital, normally against the law in China. While no standard official definition exists, The Economist and the International Monetary Fund describe an offshore financial centeror tax havenas jurisdiction whose banking infrastructure primarily provides services to people or businesses who do not live there, requires little or no disclosure of information when doing business, and offers low taxes.
Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, "depriving governments, rich and poor, of the resources they need to provide vital public services and tackle rising inequality. Money-laundering affects the first world as well, since a favored shell company investment is real estate in Europe and North America. Prices are being artificially driven up by overseas criminals who want to sequester their assets here in the UK".
Panama, Vanuatu and Lebanon may find themselves on a list of uncooperative tax havens that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD re-activated in July at the request of G20 nations, warned Le Mondea French newspaper that participated in the investigation. Those three countries followed none of the OECD's three broad guidelines for international banking cooperation: Countries meeting none of these criteria, such as Panama, Vanuatu and Lebanon, would go on the blacklist.
Countries that meet only one criterion would go on the greylist. Security factored into a number of project management considerations. Saying his life was in danger,  John Doe insisted that reporters communicate over encrypted channels only and agree that they would never meet face-to-face. SZ also had concerns about security, not only for their source, the leaked documents, and their data, but "Backdating government documents leaked" for the safety of some of their partners in the investigation living under corrupt regimes who might not want their money-handling practices made public.
They stored the data in a room with limited physical access on computers that had never connected to the Internet. The Guardian also limited access to its journalists' project work area.
To make it even harder to sabotage the computers or steal their drives, SZ journalists made them more tamper-evident by painting the screws holding the drives in place with glitter nail polish. Reporters sorted the documents into a huge file structure containing a folder for each shell company, which held the associated emails, contracts, transcripts, and scanned documents Mossack Fonseca had generated while doing business with the company or administering it on a client's behalf.
Journalists indexed the documents using open software packages Apache Solr and Apache Tika and accessed them by means of a custom interface built on top of Blacklight. Most project reporters then used Neo4J and Linkurious  to extract individual and corporate names from the documents for analysis, but some who had access to Nuix used it for this as well.
Weber assisted journalists in reviewing information from the Panama Papers. Additional stories were released based on this data, and the full list of companies Backdating government documents leaked released in early May The sheer quantity of leaked data greatly exceeds the WikiLeaks Cablegate leak in  1. For comparison, the 2. Mossack Fonseca notified its clients on April 1, that it had sustained an Backdating government documents leaked hack.
Mossack Fonseca also told news sources that the company had been hacked and always operated within the law. Data security experts noted, however, that the company had not been encrypting
Backdating government documents leaked emails  and furthermore seemed to have been running a three-year-old version of Drupal with several known vulnerabilities.
The network architecture was also inherently insecure; the email and web servers were not segmented from the client database in any way.
Some reports  also suggest that some parts of the site have been running WordPress with an out-of-date version of Revolution Slider, a plugin whose previously-announced vulnerabilities  are well-documented. Computer security expert Chris Kubecka announced May 24, that the Mossack Fonseca client login portal was running four different government grade remote access trojans RATs.
Kubecka confirmed there were still numerous critical vulnerabilities, too many open ports into their infrastructure and internet access to their archive server due to weak security. Gerard Ryledirector of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalistscalled the leak "probably the biggest blow the offshore world has ever taken because of the extent of the documents".
This is the global professionalization of leaktivism. The days of WikiLeaks amateurism are over. WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnssonan Icelandic investigative journalist who worked on Cablegate insaid withholding some documents for a time does maximise the leak's but Backdating government documents leaked for full online publication of the Panama Papers eventually.
While offshore business entities are not illegal in the jurisdictions where they are registered, and often not illegal at all, reporters found that some Mossack Fonseca shell corporations seem to have been used for illegal purposes including fraudkleptocracytax evasion and evading international sanctions. Reports from April 3 note the law firm's many connections to high-ranking political figures and their relatives, as well as celebrities and business figures.
Initial reports identified five then-heads of state or government leaders from Argentina, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates as well as government officials, close relatives, and close associates of various heads of government of more than forty other countries. The leaked files identified 61 family members and associates of prime ministers, presidents and kings,  including:. Other clients included less-senior government officials and their close relatives and associates, from over forty countries.
The company was set up on behalf of an unnamed client twelve months after the robbery.
The Brinks money was put through Feberion and other front companiesthrough banks in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Jersey, and the Isle of Man. It issued bearer shares only. Two Backdating government documents leaked directors from Sark were appointed to Feberion by Jersey -based offshore specialist Centre Services. Actor Jackie Chan is mentioned in the leaked documents as a shareholder in six companies based in the British Virgin Islands.
Backdating government documents leaked Law firms play a central role in offshore financial operations. Leaked documents also indicate that the firm would also backdate documents on request and, based on a exchange of emails in the leaked documents, it did so routinely enough to establish a price structure: The anonymity of offshore shell companies can also be used to circumvent international sanctions, and more than 30 Mossack Fonseca clients were at one time or another blacklisted by the US Treasury Departmentincluding businesses linked to senior figures in Russia, Syria and North Korea.
Pangates International Corporation was accused in July of supplying the government of Syria with "a large amount of specialty petroleum products" with "limited civilian application in Syria". They agreed to do so only months later. The firm has said it never knowingly allowed anyone connected with rogue regimes to use its companies.