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Panama Papers: Revealing details live in the gaps between the lines

by Kit

Pictured: NATO Heads of State and their ally, the King of Saudi Arabia

Pictured: NATO Heads of State and their ally, the King of Saudi Arabia


Certain species of lizard – when threatened, cornered or in danger of being eaten – have the ability to “drop” their tail. This process, “Autotomy” (from the Greek, auto=self, tome=severing), enables the lizard to flee whilst the predator gets a brief distraction and small meal. The lizard survives. Tails grow back.
A simple, efficient survival method. The body ejects a replaceable part in protection of the vital whole. Easily adapted for the “Grand Chess Board”. Pinochet, the Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein. All have played their part, only to be dropped when it became convenient. Despots and puppets grow back, too.
The Panama Papers broke, yesterday. Dozens of MSM outlets joined together in echoing this startling piece of investigative journalism: Rich people avoid paying their taxes. I know, I was shocked too.
Most of the BIG HEADLINES and threatening looking diagrams were reserved for Vladimir Putin (The Guardian) and Bashar al-Assad (The Independent), despite the fact that (as we covered last night) neither are named in any of the leaked documents.
The names that ARE mentioned? A who’s who of disposable despots, monsters of the week and inconveniently uncooperative politicians…with a few minor British political figures to add some verisimilutude.
Petro Poroshenko, a slow, stupid, politically inept post-Soviet fossil thrown into the least appealing Presidency on the planet.
Pavlo Lazarenko – convicted criminal and former Ukrainian PM.
Bidzina Ivanishvili – former PM of Georgia under the bufoon Saakashvili.
Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE and Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Mohammed bin Thani Al Thani former PM of Qatar, both magnets for acceptable criticism.
The King of Saudi Arbia, the perrenial boogeyman of “alternative” thinkers, and reposit of all mainstream criticism of any Western foreign policy – a sock puppet with a scary face, that we’re all encouraged to boo and hiss at so we can feel we have made a stand.
Ten-a-penny climbers, idiots and monsters. Lizard tails all. Cut them off and grow a new one.
No American citizens were named. No American companies were implicated. In espionage terms this is what they call a “limited hangout”: a vaguely worded and dishonestly presented partial truth, used to add credence to a backstory and increase the believability of the source.
In more coloquial, and honest, terminology: It is agenda-driven bullshit.
The cooperative of intelligence-backed hacks who “broke” this “story” all hail from The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) a “special project” (their website tells us) of the not-at-all-Orwellian-sounding “Center for Public Integrity”.
Now, we’ve been here before – see our work on The New East Network – let’s just take a stroll down the About page of the Center for Public Integrity, and find out where they get their money from:

  • The Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Foundation – they don’t have a website, but their President does. He’s a “philanthropist and entrepeneur”. In case you’re wondering…yes, that is “Goldman” as in “Goldman Sachs”.
  • The Ford Foundation – yes, as in Henry Ford. Business magnate and Nazi collaborator.
  • Open Society Foundation – we’ve tangled with these fine folks before. The OSF are an NGO set up by billionaire George Soros. Because billionaires love justice and freedom.
  • The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller Family Fund – how exactly these two things differ I’m not sure, however they do both exist, and they both give money to the CfPI, because the Rockefellers are all about that integrity.
  • The Carnegie Corporation of New York – As in Andrew Carnegie, the billionaire. As in the Carnegie Endowment for American Hegemony…sorry, I mean International Peace.

So – to sum up:
George Soros, David Rockefeller, the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, Goldman-Sachs et al. – who are all rabibly anti-corruption and always pay their taxes – all pooled their resources to fund the “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists” and tasked them with investigating shady international financial practices.
The result is this “leak”, a list of geo-political nobodies, has-beens, easy targets and dead ancestors. The tenuous and absurd connections to “enemies” of the West are exaggerated and plastered all over the headlines, whilst the names of allies and relatives are sidelined and barely mentioned – the majority of the information will “never be made public” according to the Guardian.
This is what “investigative journalism” has come to, printing billionaires’ enemy lists under the guise of “leaks”. Maybe this is a sign they feel cornered or threatened – because all they offer us here is a brief distraction and a small meal.


Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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fintaann

Really interesting

Leonardo Sai

Reblogged this on Humano Buenos Aires.

Yonatan
Yonatan

The ‘most significant leak ever’ disappears from the western MSM news cycle just as news of Israel’s involvement comes out. This invovlement is not reported in the western MSM, but in Israel itself.
Haaretz reports “Israeli Diamond Tycoons Listed in Leaked Panama Papers”
“Diamond and mining magnate Dan Gertler is mentioned more than 200 times in the leaked documents of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, a leader in establishing shell companies that often serve to conceal the ownership of assets.”
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.713130
This just confirms that as far as the west goes, the leak was not an investigation into corruption per se and that the western MSM self-censor to maintain Israel’s propaganda-based image in the west.

Arby

I’m looking for facts. Another poster, in another discussion (Kit’s first article on the Panama Papers I believe), mentioned the involvement of USAID with ICIJ. I don’t know much about ICIJ, but I now Know that it is corrupt. Sadly, I see that some good journos belong to it. Maybe they can be encouraged to give up their membership.
Considering that Soros and USAID are the same sort of evil, and have funded the very same US great game projects, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that USAID was a funder of ICIJ also. Is that the case? Anyone?

John S
John S

I suggest you check this article out, by a source outside the Western MSM. It will answer many questions.
http://katehon.com/article/panama-papers-soros-against-rothschilds

chrisb
chrisb

‘ … a few minor British political figures to add some verisimilutude.’ David Cameron ‘minor’? Weeks before Cameron chairs an anti-corruption summit, which was presumably planned as a smokescreen behind which tax evasion could continue as before? Two months before the EU referendum when Cameron’s damaged reputation threatens to deliver a BREXIT vote to which TPTB are strongly opposed? As you said, ‘Revealing details live in the gaps between the lines’ of your article.

elenits
elenits

It’s an interesting moment to target obedient puppet Cameron with Brexit on the line. The question might be what replacement they have in mind.

Sayanim Scam
Sayanim Scam

All one has to ask is “does it expose Israel, UK Royalty, Soros, Rothschilds and the Monsantos”?
No. Move on and know who it serves and who it represents. Furthers the British Israel SAYANIM cartel. Period

Daragh
Daragh

“Bidzina Ivanishvili – former PM of Georgia under the bufoon Saakashvili.”
Actually Ivanishvili was one of Saakashvili’s biggest political opponents, and his Georgian Dream party has launched several legal campaigns against Saakashvili’s party (and Saakashvili personally).
“No American citizens were named. No American companies were implicated.”
A) Not actually true. B) The comparative lack of American names is more likely due to the fact that states like Delaware and Nevada function as effective ‘onshore offshore’ tax havens, due to America’s lax financial regulations.
“The cooperative of intelligence-backed hacks who “broke” this “story” all hail from The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)”
Ken Silverstein trailed the story in Vice well over a year ago, and apparently offered it to Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar at the Intercept – https://twitter.com/KenSilverstein1/status/716803985915703297
In other words, if you’re going to create these puerile alternate realities to make yourselves feel special, you might want to make sure you don’t base them on demonstrable falsehoods.

Kit

a) I made a statement of fact regarding Mr Ivanishvili. He was Prime Minister under President Saakashvili, he has since retired and is currently a political irrelevence. I don’t know why you have taken issue with this undisputed fact.
b) At the time of publishing ZERO American citizens had been named. A handful of minor celebrities have since been connected, but if anything this only accentuates my point: they had REAL names, and chose to focus on strained connections to designated “villains”.
c) Every mainstream news outlet has credited the work of the ICIJ, it has been their story from the get-go. The ICIJ receives its funding from numerous suspect sources. If this is a “demonstrable falsehood”…feel free to demonstrate it.
In other words, if you’re going to try and engage in a conversation on this topic, you might want to bring more to the table than childish ad hominem arguments and cod psychology.

Sayanim Scam
Sayanim Scam

You need to bring some real facts, instead of your own useless opinion. Mainstream media quoting or claiming ANYTHING only represents THEIR corporate elite sponsor’s interests and proves zero. Learn some logic.
On a linear timeline. Silverstein covered this first- and for honest reason, not as a weapon to be used against the expose’s targets.
Learn some classics. Cui bono or even a contemporary idiom: “show us the Iraq WMDs”. Fake NGOs sponsored by the same Elite that sponsor the MSM- posing as ostensible watchdogs on the MSM- is just more agitprop rubbish.

Norman Pilon

Reblogged this on Taking Sides.

farneyman

Reblogged this on farneyman.

cettel22

Very few billionaires are funding anything on the anti-global-warming side (and the only two that are prominent are Jeremy Grantham and Tom Steyer). But their expenditures are dwarfed by those of the Koch brothers on the pro-global-warming side, and there are many other billionaires that are likewise spending heavily on the pro-global-warming side. Here’s just the Koch brothers:
http://kochcash.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Embargo_Report.pdf
Furthermore, there is no reasonable doubt that the planet is burning up from excess carbon gases and the “greenhouse effect” they produce. See:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024024;jsessionid=369242C04A3D974B1C6E8AD114F9EE2C.c4
You’re on the wrong side of the biggest public-policy issue in the entire history of humanity — and the world.

Trickmeister
Trickmeister

Perhaps it’s all a smoke screen to divert attention from this:
http://www.theage.com.au/interactive/2016/the-bribe-factory/

joanday45

Trickmeister,
I agree with you one hundred per cent in the smoke screen theory.
The breaking news and exclusive of The Age is HUGE. !!!!
They (The Age) have worked on that exclusive very thoroughly. It is earth shattering as stories go!
It is being overshadowed, deliberately, by the The Panama Papers.
Journalists are being fooled, and cannot smell a real story in front of them!
So yes one hundred per cent in agreement with you!

AnotherLover
AnotherLover

Frickin awesome, man! Very well-written piece, and a great analogy. You have put into words that which has been swirling through my mind since I heard of this nonsense. Good work!

Enrique Ferro

…the majority of the information will “never be made public”… You bet, Wikileaks has started to make it available. The tax-dodging implication of US corporations is making Obama have the jitters, and it is splashing Hillary Clinton as on Tuesday, candidate Sanders blasted Clinton, saying that she “helped push the Panama Free Trade Agreement through Congress as Secretary of State and the results have been a disaster.” Don’t dismiss what the Papers will bring about, for the moment a small lizard tail has fallen in Iceland, but Macri, the recently annointed by Obama himself Argentina president, and the friend of the financial vultures, is in hot water. Further revelations are coming, and the sponsors of such a monumental release did a patchy work, as it always happens when you open Pandora’s box. Did they want to incriminate Putin and Assad? They did a bad job, as they weren’t even named, and if the Western MSM made such a fuss with their anti-Putin obsession, they have been slammed by their audience, who is sick and tired of such a gratuitous demonization. Now just wait and see, loads of dirty businesses are surfacing, in spite of Soros & Co. They didn’t cut their tail, they jumped into an uncharted abyss.

Sayanim Scam
Sayanim Scam

Where is the revelations on Netanyahu, Ariel Sharon, Meir Dagon, Russian jew Oligarchs, Sheldon Adelson, SOROS, Rothschild rot…? Missing in Action.
Sheeple too stupid to see anything beyond where they are led by the nose via the ZIoElite. Even Wikiwash crap- after it was revealed about THEM- that they’d made deals w/ fellow Tribe jew Assange, to withhold ugly dirt on Israel? The sheeple STILL consider this limited hangout to be a reputable source. WTFU

Eurasia News Online

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M. le Docteur Ralph
M. le Docteur Ralph

Meanwhile, while the world and the Guardian focuses on who has bought what Mayfair property through an offshore company and who is “in” and “out” in Langley’s version of Cosmo, in Syria comes the news that has been buried by all this.
Al Quaida/Al Nusra now has surface to air missiles (and no one bothers to ask what type and who supplied them) and has downed a Syrian plane (pity the poor pilot who has allegedly been captured by the “moderate” Syrian rebels).
It has also started a major offensive in Latakia.
The Empire of Chaos strikes back. Stupid move though given the number of “coalition of the willing (and uninvited)” planes in the skies over Syria and the potential for untold problems for commercial airliners.

ZeGermanHunn
ZeGermanHunn

I have noticed Cameron being involved someway only by englisch newspapers. German “Quality media” (SZ, Spiegel) didn’t cover that at all.
But, as I see, no one of you mentions it here as well. Can someone of you tell me plz, whether this is because it is obvious that David Cameron is no way involved, or any other reason?
Slightly confusing me, because, as said, german media do not issue it at all.
Dankeschön in advance

elenits
elenits

It’s true. Cameron’s dead father made an offshore and I suppose Cameron benefitted. Revealing this is obviously some sort of warning to Cameron from the PTB.

passerby
passerby

UK libel laws are pretty strong. David Cameron’s father is dead; he won’t sue the newspapers for defamation. Writing about someone who is alive – now that’s risky.

Jen
Jen

The information leak was about 2.6 terabytes – probably too much for many MSM newsrooms to handle these days as they have suffered cost-cutting and loss of staff over the years. It seems that different journalists took different pieces away from it according to their nationality.
There are 350 Canadian individuals and organisations, and 800 Australian individuals and organisations named in the Panama Papers, but you would not know unless you read Canadian and Australian mainstream news media.
The British media have certainly noted David Cameron’s link through his stockbroker father but this link is not as important to them as the possibility of linking Vladimir Putin and Bashar al Assad to tax havens in Panama and the Caribbean, however laughably non-existent those links ended up being.

mohandeer

Reblogged this on wgrovedotnet.

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig

“Pictured: NATO Heads of State and their ally, the King of Saudi Arabia”
BTW, the photo-caption looks wrong.

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig

Totally agree with Kit: this is 90% psy-op.
One interesting point regarding Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar: monarchs can’t be taxed, so one has to wonder why they bothered setting up secret, off-shore accounts and founding dummy corporations? To finance terrorism maybe?

elenits
elenits

Monarchs can’t be taxed but they can be dethroned 🙂
So their off shores are most likely a kind of insurance. Just in case.