This morning, I saw everywhere on my timeline “panama papers.” I just clicked on one or two link to know what it meant. They say this is the biggest leak of all times. So I thought it would the perfect subject to talk about. I know it is not the kind of subjects I am used to post, and maybe you will be bored but this deserves a post…and please comment, I want to know what you think about it !
If you still don’t know, before you check by yourself, let me tell you what it is in three points:
1.108 newspapers in 76 countries, coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ( ICIJ ) , had access to new information that cast a harsh light on the opaque world of offshore finance and tax heaven coming from a panama company Mossack Fonseca.
2.11.5 million files from the archives of the Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca, specialist of offshore companies, between 1977 and 2015. This is the biggest leak ever exploited by media information
3.The “Panama papers ” reveal that in addition to thousands of anonymous presidents, billionaires , big names in sports , celebrities or personalities, have used offshore arrangements to conceal their fortune.
Who is involved
Let me give you a non-exhaustive list
- My best friend Vladimir Poutine, president of Russia
- The recidivist Jerome Cahuzac, budget minister in France, who has already been caught a few years ago
- The sons of : Mohammed ben Nayef ben Abdelaziz Al Saoud, crown prince of Arabia, Kojo Anan son of former UN secretary Kofi Anan,
- The beautiful former Miss Universe Aishwarya Rai
- The soccer legend Lionel Messi and so on…
In think you will see it in the news, so I am not going to do their job. But I wanted to say that it may be shocking to see that the wealthier people in the world are hiding their wealth but I also want to say, are people really that upset? I mean didn’t you really know this was happening? In France for example, people who earn more than one million a year have to pay almost half of their fortune on taxes. I mean, did you guys really think they wouldn’t try to escape from this. Yes this is dishonest, horrendous, but it is NOT surprising.
And as I tweeted this morning “What a time to be alive”, this his huge, it will be in history books, and we are testifying it, let’s “enjoy it!