Today’s episode reports on the Panama Papers, which were released Sunday, and reveal how the rich and powerful in numerous countries use tax havens to hide their wealth. Some 11-and-a-half million files were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive offshore companies, Mossack Fonseca, a law firm based in Panama. The information dates back to 1977 and goes up to December of last year.
The revelations implicate 12 heads of state and a number of other politicians, their family members and close associates, including friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin, relatives of the prime ministers of Britain, Iceland and Pakistan, and the president of Ukraine. Relatives of at least eight current or former members of China’s top ruling body are also named. Amy Goodman spoke to Frederik Obermaier in Münich, whose paper Süddeutsche Zeitung received the leak.
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