The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich

2016 ,    »  -   15 Comments
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The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich

The international news media have been preoccupied by a new financial scandal as of late. Their stories focus around the Panama Papers, a set of leaked documents which reveal the identities of over 200,000 companies, trusts, foundations, criminals, world leaders, and other figures of wealth and influence who keep great sums of their money hidden in offshore accounts. Calling upon the talents of highly skilled investigative journalists across the world, the new documentary The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich probes the contents of these documents in an effort to unravel a complex tapestry of suspicious financial activity.

These 11 million documents all originate from a single source: Mossack Fonseca, or MossFon for short, a Panamanian-based corporate law firm that provides convenient tax havens for the wealthiest entities across the globe. While some of their clients operate within the boundaries of the law and utilize the company's services for legitimate purposes, many others do not. Offenders include Rami Makhlouf, the richest man in Syria and a chief financial backer of the oppressive Assad regime, and Marlorry Chacon Rossell, a high-profile Guatemalan cocaine trafficker. Mobsters, money launderers, arms dealers, terrorist enablers and other wealthy criminals work with MossFon to set up dummy companies as a shelter from public scrutiny, allowing them to continue their operations without the fear of leaving a traceable money trail.

The realm of politics also plays a key role in the scandal. World leaders are counted among MossFon's most notable clientele, including the Prime Ministers of Iceland and Saudi Arabia. Others have relatives with close ties to the firm such as the father of British Prime Minster David Cameron. Inconveniently, Cameron is one of the leading figures in the fight against these questionable financial operations.

To what extent is MossFon aware of their client's criminal activities and motives, and at what point is the firm itself veering into illegality? That's one of the central points of contention explored in the documentary, and it's a dilemma that has few easy or concrete answers. Produced by ABC Australia, The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich mounts an ambitious investigation of awesome scope, and successfully scratches the surface of an intriguing scandal which will continue to develop for some time to come.

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15 Comments / User Reviews

  1. oQ

    Good find, now let's see the next documentary on the subject presented by Russia.

  2. oQ

    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. - Craig Murray

  3. Andrew

    God this is terrible propaganda by western media. Funny how quick they are to make a doco on this subject.

  4. Søren

    I was so afraid this would be propaganda, and sadly it is.... Does it even contain any bashing against the richest of the rich? AMERICANS. Probably not, and despite countless of people involved in this, all I see is Putin's face, which is why I wont give this smirk campaigne a second of my time. When will we see big banks, bush, obama and all the other? Its sad when Im as a european trusts whatever words come out of putin's mouth than our own leaders

  5. Casablanca

    I'm shocked, shocked, I had not idea that there was gambling at Rick's Cafe.
    By the way inspector here are you winnings.

  6. Jason

    oQ if you do see a documentary on the Panama Papers please share. And yes the ICIJ is funded by the Center for Public Integrity which in turn is funded by many foundations which have their agendas, but unless you can cite factual claims for bias in the journalism, so what?
    And as to...Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism. The dirty secrets of western corporations will remain unpublished... I am not sure what this western capitalism is supposed to mean, as it capitalism is a world wide system. Oh and many of the revelations are exposing various corporations in the western hemisphere.

    Andrew the leak happened a year ago, research and investigation has been ongoing since and clearly so has been the making of documentaries. All which appeared around the same time as the release deadline was because that is when it is news . What makes this documentary western propaganda?

    Soren so you see Putin face and you imediately know it is all just propaganda, wow. Putin is the most internationally known person connected to the scandal, so no surprise that his image is being used. If you watch the doc. you would see that it mainly focusses on the Australian angle as well i guess that is what the producers thought Australians would be most interested in, go figure.
    Still you are at least correct in that the Americans are not heavily featured, but given that the Panama Papers leak did not reveal much about US involvement, not much the documentary makers could do about that. As to whether we should be suspicious about why this is the case, well that is at least a valid question.

  7. Lila

    The system is triggerd to favour the very rich and such everyone else dry!

  8. Bart

    Yes my thought, instant Documentary!

  9. Keith Sauerwald

    Well now, you commenters, (most of you, anyway), seem to have a big mouth and a tiny brain. Four of these comments contain pathetic spelling or construction errors. I find it rather intriguing that the writers with big mouths and little brains can use their fingers to convey messages that are appallingly written and badly spelt and scripted. If you want to express your thoughts on this (or ANY subject), then for goodness sake, show us that you have control of the English language. Please don't show us that you are illiterate or semi illiterate.......we don't need to have to decipher and decode your pathetic writings.

  10. Mena Reno

    Journalists who interview journalists, retired investigators and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young? Enough said. The Australian ABC is a second-rate propaganda tool, forever using the Australian people to test the latest round of incoherent moral outrage at entrepreneurs. At least RT Online knows what it is.

    Can anyone prove Wall St bankers didn't 'leak' these documents, seeing that the method has now been tested by others and found to be very effective as market manipulating tools? The cuckoldry method to make financial gains using the moral outrage of midwits is centuries old. Rothschild old.

    Also, is it just me, or is every preening camera noddy trying to look like Hillary?

  11. Tony

    Trash Doco. Panama Papers were not a leak like Wiki Leaks. It was a illegal hack handed to 300 "journalist" if you could even call them that. Instead of real objective journalism, these 300 are going to selectively release the information, unlike Wiki Leaks. The information that will be released will target the United States enemies (Putin). Unfortunately, these papers don't say Putin's name anywhere. Pure propaganda with CIA written all over it.

  12. Stanley

    Putin's picture in on the cover of this documentary, yet he has nothing to do with these Panama papers. This is evidence that this film is nothing more than Western propaganda. Not to mention, no American companies or businessmen have been exposed, despite them obviously being the biggest offenders of tax dodging.

  13. Geraldo Lobo

    Now, what about Brazilian hide outs? Are there problems showing Brazilian mother ******* who steel from our people? We know many of them being nasty politicians who have no mothers left to pity them. These are, mainly, the ones who have been selling out Brazil to weird wild world capitalists, much at the style of what you depict in this film. Brazilian people MUST know who are these secretive people and companyes. Billigton co, for instance, managed a total destruction of 'Rio Doce' River, and now are under serious enquiry over their other nasty or irregular operations throughout the country. Help!

  14. Steven

    Capitalism doesn't exist. Instead call it
    The free Mark ism exists

  15. Zoran

    Why is Putin's pics there, his name is not in Panama papers, but many British , Swiss and EU is, why we don't see their picture ?

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