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October 04, 2021

U.S. Government Provides Another Trove Of Offshore Papers Of People It Dislikes

So there is another 'leak' of papers about tax saving offshore investments by people the U.S. doesn't like:

The secret deals and hidden assets of some of the world’s richest and most powerful people have been revealed in the biggest trove of leaked offshore data in history.

Branded the Pandora papers, the cache includes 11.9m files from companies hired by wealthy clients to create offshore structures and trusts in tax havens such as Panama, Dubai, Monaco, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.
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The files were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington. It shared access to the leaked data with select media partners including the Guardian, BBC Panorama, Le Monde and the Washington Post. More than 600 journalists have sifted through the files as part of a massive global investigation.

The Pandora papers represent the latest – and largest in terms of data volume – in a series of major leaks of financial data that have convulsed the offshore world since 2013.

The papers are said to come from a total of 14 offshore providers of legal vehicles which allow people to hide their money and to avoid tax payments.

There is however not hint of how these papers were acquired. Who had gained access to them? How? What was the chain of custody for these? Are these the complete files of those 14 companies or were some removed before publishing? Which ones? Are all of those files authenticated and verified or is some forged material mixed in between them?

Unfortunately none of the reports about the 'leak' I have read has covered those questions.

But there are at least two big hints that these 'Pandora papers' are, like the 'Panama papers' five years ago, and the 'Paradise papers' four years ago, part of an 'information operation' by the usual 5-eyes suspects, the secret services of the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

On June 3 2021 the White House held a Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the Fight Against Corruption:

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Great. Thanks. Hi, everybody. Good morning and thanks for joining the call today. I am really excited to be speaking to all of you about the President’s anti-corruption agenda in advance of our rollout later this morning of a national security study memorandum — that’s NSSM — on the fight against corruption.
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So, with the memorandum, President Biden is formally establishing the fight against corruption as a core national security interest of the United States. That was a commitment that he made during the campaign. And his pledge was that he would prioritize anti-corruption efforts and bring additional transparency to the U.S. and international financial systems.

The memorandum in question is available here. It is quite short. Under "Section 2: Strategy" there are several interesting points:

(c) Hold accountable corrupt individuals, transnational criminal organizations, and their facilitators, including by, and where appropriate, identifying, freezing, and recovering stolen assets through increased information sharing and intelligence collection and analysis, criminal or civil enforcement actions, advisories, and sanctions or other authorities, and, where possible and appropriate, returning recovered assets for the benefit of the citizens harmed by corruption;
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(e) Support and strengthen the capacity of civil society, media, and other oversight and accountability actors to conduct research and analysis on corruption trends, advocate for preventative measures, investigate and uncover corruption, hold leaders accountable, and inform and support government accountability and reform efforts, and work to provide these actors a safe and open operating environment domestically and internationally;

(f) Work with international partners to counteract strategic corruption by foreign leaders, foreign state-owned or affiliated enterprises, transnational criminal organizations, and other foreign actors and their domestic collaborators, including, by closing loopholes exploited by these actors to interfere in democratic processes in the United States and abroad;

With yesterday's 'leak' we see a first implementation of that strategy.

The U.S. is using its intelligence capabilities, i.e. to hack into the systems of offshore service providers, and selectively releases whatever it might find useful for its aim to the 'civil society' and media who publish (or not) whatever dirt they are given.

In the Q&A of their background briefing the 'senior administration officials' confirmed that was exactly what they were planning to do:

Q Thank you for doing this. As you know, anti-corruption activists periodically urge the U.S. government to use its various assets and capabilities, including the intelligence community, to expose specific cases of corruption overseas, to name and shame corrupt officials — and the arguments they make are familiar — but also include not only, you know, a deterrent to corruption, but also a possible contribution to the promotion of democracy.

Does the does the memorandum — does the program include any component that connects with that?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: What I can say on that front is that the memorandum includes components of the intelligence community. So, the work on that front, in part, remains to be seen, but they are included — the Director of National Intelligence and Central Intelligence Agency.

And so we’re just going to be looking at all of the tools in our disposal to make sure that we identify corruption where it’s happening and take appropriate policy responses.

And I’ll take the opportunity to mention that we’re also going to be using this effort to think about what more we can do to bolster other actors that are out in the world exposing corruption and bringing it to light.

So, of course, the U.S. government has its own internal methods, but, largely, the way that corruption is exposed is through the work of investigative journalists and investigative NGOs.

The U.S. government — to my point earlier, in terms of the support we’re already providing — in some instances provides support to these actors. And we’ll be looking at what more we can do on that front as well.

Q What does the word “support” mean in that context?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, sometimes it boils down to foreign assistance. There are lines of assistance that have jumpstarted investigatory journalism organizations. What comes to my mind most immediately is OCCRP, as well as foreign assistance that goes to NGOs, ultimately, that do investigative work on anti-corruption, as well.

The allegedly independent Organized Crime And Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is funded, like the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), through various 'western' foundations and 'western' governments. As the 'senior administration official' admits it was 'jumpstarted' by the U.S. (and British) government.

The U.S. has copied the model of WikiLeaks. In 2017 the Trump administration designated WikiLeaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence service” for publishing secret government papers given to it by whistle-blowers who exposed murder, hacking and other misdeeds by the U.S. government.

The U.S. has for many years propped up competition to Wikileaks by founding and/or supporting OCCRP, ICIJ and similar organizations who are fed with materials provided by 5-eyes intelligence agencies. These organizations are "non-state friendly intelligence service” for publishing private papers of people the 5-eyes dislike.

A lengthy recent Yahoo piece on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks (see corrections to its 'Russiagate' nonsense here) explicitly made that point:

“We’re kind of post-WikiLeaks right now,” said a former senior counterintelligence official.

Yet spy services are increasingly using a WikiLeaks-like model of posting stolen materials online. In 2018, the Trump administration granted the CIA aggressive new secret authorities to undertake the same sort of hack-and-dump operations for which Russian intelligence has used WikiLeaks. Among other actions, the agency has used its new powers to covertly release information online about a Russian company that worked with Moscow’s spy apparatus.

The program was not launched under Trump but is, like the Biden memorandum above, just an extension of a program that has existed for years. OCCRP was founded in 2006 and at first hit only at eastern European governments. The 'Panama papers' came out in 2016. The new 'Pandora papers' are just a new variant of these.

A main purpose of these releases of stolen data is propaganda. Just look at the picture the Guardian put on top its story about them:


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The by far biggest head in that picture is of Russia's president Vladimir Putin. He is however not mentioned at all in the 'Pandora papers' and there is no evidence that he has any offshore holdings or is exceptionally rich. The only relation he has with the story is this:

King Abdullah is among dozens of current and former leaders whose overseas investments were exposed. Other leaders included President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whose alleged former lover was found to have purchased an apartment in Monaco ...

So some rich Russian girl, who some 20 years ago allegedly(!) had an affair with Putin, bought an apartment in a foreign country using an offshore vehicle. (The "alleged" affair is btw a never confirmed rumor that was spread by the Russian outlet "Proekt" which was financed by the anti-Putin oligarch Khodorkovky who is living in London.)

How can that justify to lead the release, which names 35 current and former national leaders (but not Putin), many officials and dozens billionaires, with Putin's picture? (In 2016 the Guardian did the same with the 'Panama papers'. Putin was not mention in those either but led in the Guardian story about them.)

Another hint that this is all U.S. government filtered propaganda (and blackmail material) comes from the lack of names of U.S. billionaires and corrupt politicians in the provided material.


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That none of their names are to be found in the published offshore services' files points to a careful elimination of these.

The published papers are a system's fake critique of itself. While they support U.S. foreign policy objectives by accusing people the U.S. does not like they will also lead to more support for financial surveillance and spyimg. By disgracing or eliminating overseas competition they promote U.S. tax havens like Alaska, Nevada and Delaware to foreign 'customers':

The Pandora Papers contains details on over 200 trusts set up in the U.S. in recent years. In dozens of cases, clients have abandoned more traditional havens, such as the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas, in favor of the U.S.

The most popular destination has been South Dakota, where the past decade has seen the value of assets held in trusts reach more than $360 billion. State laws in South Dakota allow for the establishment of secret trusts which don’t have to pay a cent of tax to the state for any earnings. Unlike most states, which restrict the life of trusts to a century or less, South Dakota trusts are also “perpetual,” meaning they have no end date. This means they can continue making tax free gains and passing them on to future generations — theoretically forever.

So the U.S. set out to blame offshore tax havens and foreign leaders of corruption while it itself is the biggest sinner with regards to both. There is pattern in this. Whenever the U.S. accuses some foreign person or government of doing 'something' their is a high probability that 'something' is exactly what the U.S. is doing itself.

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I posted the following comment on this topic to the open thread as b was posting this article. Note the author continues his work on this topic which has exposed quite a lot of nefarious government activity.

Adding to Piotr's comment @94 is this Kit Klarenberg article updating the involvement of "security services" in the selective nature of Pandora Paper releases, "Could the CIA be behind the leak of the Pandora Papers, given their curious lack of focus on US nationals?" is a very reasonable question whose answer is likely affirmative given this interesting bit:

"In June, a White House press conference was convened on the subject of 'the fight against corruption.' Over the course of proceedings, a nameless 'senior administration official' announced that the US government would place 'the anti-corruption plight at the center of its foreign policy,' and wished to 'prioritize this work across the board.'

"They went on to state the precise dimensions of this anti-corruption push '[remained] to be seen,' but it was expected that 'components of the intelligence community,' including the director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, would be key players therein.

"Their activities would supplement existing, ongoing US efforts to 'identify corruption where it’s happening and take appropriate policy responses,' by '[bolstering] other actors' such as 'investigative journalists and investigative NGOs' already receiving support from Washington.

“'We’ll be looking at what more we can do on that front… There are lines of assistance that have jump-started [investigative] journalism organizations,' they stated. 'What comes to my mind most immediately is OCCRP, as well as foreign assistance that goes to NGOs.'

"These illuminating words, completely ignored at the time by Western news outlets, have gained an even eerier resonance in light of recent developments. Indeed, they seem to establish a blueprint for precisely what has transpired, courtesy of the OCCRP, the very organization it 'jump-started' and financially supports to this day." [Emphasis Original]

When I read the initial announcement last June, for me it signaled an escalation in Lawfare, but also perhaps a ploy to keep Establishment members of the Outlaw US Empire in line lest their lawbreaking be "discovered" and publicly humiliated via arrest, trial and prison, and of course forfeiture of illegally acquired assets.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 4 2021 16:45 utc | 1

But wait... the Biden/Harris administration threw Tony Blair under the bus on this one. Clintons, Bush, Obama... nah.

Posted by: fx | Oct 4 2021 16:52 utc | 2

I knew that this stank of security services + MSM propaganda when I saw the big white area called North America. Then I perused the ICIJ site and looked at some of the bios, all MSM and foreign attack dog "journalists". This is what "full spectrum" warfare looks like, also shows some desperation that they have to stoop so low.

Surprised that China hasn't set up their own ICIJ and hacked in to expose all the CIA black money and Western oligarch financial games. Now that would be fun to see! Of course, Twitter/Youtube/Faceborg would immediately block it as "a product of hacking" just like Hunter's laptop. Thinking about it, this release does provide a good "look over here" distraction from the confirmation of Biden's laptop as real.

Posted by: Roger | Oct 4 2021 16:52 utc | 3

@Posted by: fx | Oct 4 2021 16:52 utc | 3

Throwing a used up old dog under the bus is a good cover to say "look we exposed Western assholes as well!", while no hint of the CIA money, and all the important Western elites. I am sure that they deleted all the records of Joe's, Obama's, and Killary's ill-gotten gains.

Posted by: Roger | Oct 4 2021 16:54 utc | 4

Having the US investigate itself is like asking the Mafia to conduct an internal audit to expose criminal activities. “The government and us are cut from the same cloth.” Sam Giancana, former Chicago mob boss.

Posted by: Jose Garcia | Oct 4 2021 17:03 utc | 5

But B, this is just like Assange's release of the Hillary emails: the question is not completeness of the data, the question is the truth of it: are the allegations true? After all, we agree that avoiding taxes using these dodgy deals should be exposed, right?

In other words, don't act like butthurt Hillary here, complaining of the messenger and the method. Own up to malfeasance, if true, or expose it, if false. It remains up to others to expose the USians who are doing the same nefarious things.

As for Putin, if he truly is not mentioned here, he has nothing to worry about.

Posted by: Caliman | Oct 4 2021 17:05 utc | 6

Meanwhile Facebook, Twitter and Watsapp all reportedly down

https://www.rt.com/news/536557-facebook-whatsapp-instagram-outage/

Just a guess, is someone taking down Facebook to get back at Google shortly after Youtube shut down 2 RT channels... sounds a lot like asymmetrically saying F U to the right people while internally motivating a wider conversation between Google and FB on who they actually want to get in the ring with, which one imagines won't be too happy... interesting times

Posted by: Et Tu | Oct 4 2021 17:06 utc | 7

This financial paradise gotcha game has been going on for some time now. How many have gone to jail so far?

Posted by: c | Oct 4 2021 17:20 utc | 8

Good análisis by b. Leaving the whole US white was sloppy. Even I caught on

Posted by: c | Oct 4 2021 17:22 utc | 9

The emphasis on revealing Pakistani wealthy persons suggest this release was designed to threaten Pakistani PIGOs if they were to assist Afghanistan recovery?


https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/10/03/667736/UK-Menwith-Hill-US-assassination-Iran-General-Soleimani

Posted by: snake | Oct 4 2021 17:31 utc | 10

Thanks for the real investigative journalism b.

"A main purpose of these releases of stolen data is propaganda."

The "Panama Papers", the "Paradise Papers", the "Pandora Papers" can perhaps be collectively known as the Propaganda Papers.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Oct 4 2021 17:39 utc | 11

They could also be called the Puppet Papers or Patsy Papers for how "investigative journalists" in the establishment media then obediently report these "leaks".

The map kind of says it all. The US, Canada, Australia are snow white, of course.

I guess these "leaked" papers have no mention of Biden's son Hunter Biden? Or of multi-millionaires Pelosi, Obama, Blair?

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Oct 4 2021 17:40 utc | 12

Hunter, Joe, Hillary, Bill, Barry, Michelle, and Podesta?

Posted by: IronForge | Oct 4 2021 17:42 utc | 13

The FT ran this "scandal" with King Abdallah II of Jordan on the front page. Why? For the first time in ten years the King has spoken with Assad.

I>"JUST IN - President Bashar al-Assad makes a phone call with Jordan's King Abdullah II, during which they discussed bilateral relations and enhancing joint cooperation for the benefit of the two brotherly countries and peoples, says the Syrian Presidency." (3 Oct.)

The King has stated that his non-disclosure of the houses mentioned in the "exposé" was for security reasons. Which may have been the case.

Posted by: Stonebird | Oct 4 2021 17:43 utc | 14

Hahaha, asking US to investigate the rich is like asking a fox to guard the henhouse. It is both hilarious and a sad irony.

Posted by: d dan | Oct 4 2021 18:01 utc | 15

As for Putin, if he truly is not mentioned here, he has nothing to worry about.

Posted by: Caliman | Oct 4 2021 17:05 utc | 6

Russia is #2 according to the number of "politicians" mentioned in the papers, and the longest article in The Guardian is about Putin. No one mentioned in the article as an owner of an off-shore company is a politician, but everybody related to Putin like an alleged mother of his extra-marital son, childhood neighbor etc. I guess a selection within a selection.

However, the top number is in Ukraine, so this is the thrust of the revelation, even if the article in The Guardian is suitably long.

BTW, according to what I have read, the journalists -- hundreds of them ??? -- processing the throve work for a contractor of Soros. This is not a spontaneous bombshell. Hence my theory in @94 of the open thread. In bad old days, an inconvenient puppet would be shot and replaced, but we live in better, gentler times.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 4 2021 18:06 utc | 16

Thanks again b

Posted by: jo6pac | Oct 4 2021 18:07 utc | 17

>>>>> fx | Oct 4 2021 16:52 utc | 2

But wait... the Biden/Harris administration threw Tony Blair under the bus on this one

He's a distraction. He has no political future and what he and his wife did was not illegal so there is no chance of him be prosecuted for this or for anything else for that matter.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Oct 4 2021 18:08 utc | 18

Interesting that RT has four articles related to this topic, one I've already linked to above. In this one, critic Alan MacLeod says:

"But despite those and similar examples, sceptics believe that the Pandora Papers won’t do much good in tackling the worst kinds of corruption. Unlike what was revealed by the transparency website WikiLeaks or NSA leaker Edwards Snowden, 'few – if any – important [players] in the West will be exposed,' predicted journalist Alan MacLeod, who writes at the independent outlet Mint Press. Corporate media’s hyping of the leak is a good indicator of how unthreatening it is to the Western establishment, he said." [My Emphasis]

IMO, that's a very accurate assessment. Here are what some other sceptics said:

"The Grayzone’s Ben Norton sarcastically touted the absence of American politicians as evidence that they are 'all pure and free from corruption.' Journalist Mark Ames joked that 'honest incorruptible oligarchs' like George Soros and Pierre Omidyar are likewise nowhere to be seen in the new ICIJ disclosure – just like in the previous ones." [My Emphasis]

I found Mark Ames' tweet to go beyond what's cited above:

"Amazing coincidences that neither hedge fund oligarch George Soros nor tech oligarch Omidyar are ever implicated in any of these Panama/Pandora leaks that their foundations underwrite. We Americans are lucky to have such honest incorruptible oligarchs ruling over us." [My Emphasis]

I recommend following Ames's Twitter as he posts news most of us will never read about, such as this example:

"Germany's been safehousing the Nazi who ran Pinochet's notorious Colonia Dignidad torture/child rape camp. He was just arrested in Italy soon as he arrived on vacation, but he'd been living comfortably in western Germany since fleeing Chile in 2005."

The third article is about Peskov's announcement that there's "Absolutely no evidence in Pandora papers leak to back up assertions about ‘hidden riches of Putin’s inner circle" as some BigLie Medeia outlets are alluding to.

And the fourth article opens by citing Global Times editor Hu Xijin's assessment:

"My instinct tells me behind the release of these papers, there's involvement of the intelligence agencies of the US and the West. They are creating new tools for their political intervention in developing countries."

That would confirm my assessment about the release being related to an escalation in the Outlaw US Empire's use of Lawfare to illegally destabilize independent nations.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 4 2021 18:12 utc | 19

The "Panama Papers", the "Paradise Papers", the "Pandora Papers" can perhaps be collectively known as the Propaganda Papers.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Oct 4 2021 17:39 utc | 10

No Americans. Check Consortium News, the latest by Kyriakou. With some helpers, Kyriakou found documents and testimonies about a major scam by an American businessman with foreign victims and involving offshore companies. FBI multiple times refused to received them. In terms of Central PA, this is a woodchuck season (the only creature you can hunt all year round, including Sundays). American scammers breed slowly so hunting is suspended until ecologists will find that wetlands (a.k.a. swamps) can withstand some culling. Studies can take years.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 4 2021 18:13 utc | 20

Even w/selected data release there are two interesting notes ...

1. The U.S. is admitting that Ukraine is highly corrupt.

2. The U.S. failed to demonstrate any corruption by the Ayatollah of Iran. The FDD has accused Khamenei of having foreign holdings, palaces, and real estate while his own people suffered. That was absurd on its face but not even the U.S. bothered to try to fake evidence to support that.

Can't tell if we tried to slander high ranking Cubans or not.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Oct 4 2021 18:13 utc | 21

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Oct 4 2021 18:13 utc | 20

There were no people from Pakistan or Turkey either. If you want to park your money somewhere, Dubai seems a good place.


Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 4 2021 18:25 utc | 22

The Guardian and BBC featured the image of Vladimir Putun on their cover most prominently and after reading both when one found no mention of Putin in the original paper it became clear what the motive of the so-called leak is.

I can think of at least two reasons for the publication of the paper: one, to distract the Western Public from the humiliating defeat of NATO by the rag-tag army of the Taliban; the other reason is a petulant frustration of the NATO cabal's inability to derail Russia. I have nothing but total contempt for both the Guardian and the BBC after reading the story.

Posted by: Steve | Oct 4 2021 18:45 utc | 23

stellar work, b.

(This is the part where I add more so I say more than just 'stellar work, b.')

Posted by: gottlieb | Oct 4 2021 18:49 utc | 24

Brilliant work B.!

Posted by: DontBelieveEitherPr. | Oct 4 2021 18:51 utc | 25

Nice b. I came here immediately upon hearing the news to see you were on it and on to them.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Oct 4 2021 19:16 utc | 26

Why does the US dislike the king of Jordan?

Posted by: m | Oct 4 2021 19:21 utc | 27

You got the main aim of these lakes at the end, B. Just like the AUSUK submarine mess is designed to destroy Western competition to US arms-making, this is done to sink any non-US tax haven. This time they even included useful idiots who've outlived their usefulness - Blair, Abdallah, Zelensky.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Oct 4 2021 19:23 utc | 28

Bravo b! My eyes rolled the same way when I saw that Guardian image. Here we go again... but you've found the smoking gun (or memo). Great work.

Posted by: Patroklos | Oct 4 2021 19:36 utc | 29

It is a valuable path to explore how what the US accused of Wikileaks of doing was eagerly implemented by the US itself the first chance they got.
I am not entirely convinced yet to what extent the leaking was targeted and prefer to be a slow learner on this.

-One has to note that the 'journalistic networks' are not under pressure of the US to do anything about this. They are free set up this large network and to work on it. That does suggest a form of approval. I am reminded then of a very old remark from Chomsky that elites do approve when corruption is tackled.

- With such a large trove of data you damage a lot of people. That is a pretty blunt and indiscriminate approach. Why not filter out someone like Tony Blair? One can reverse engineer a clear target: 'competing tax havens', or one can imagine very indirect and therefore limited control: for instance the NSA sees a hacking is going on and decides not to interfere, while otherwise they would have interfered to block the distribution of the data. But then they have no detailed control over the data.
Or they could have interfered by pressuring the hackers to filter out some data who thereby avoid being persecuted to hell and back. Or hackers/leakers preemptively filter out data which will get them into hot water.

- The propaganda argument is too weak. Propaganda is reputation management which implies a defined center of control. This case is more distributed. When the mainstream press(and experts) are so aligned with the establishment they spontaneously propagandize. No plan or steering is required. There are those they consider trustworthy and whose reputation should be protected, and there are those whom should be eagerly criticized . The Putin angle will be eagerly pursued because that is the nature of the system. It's more the groupthink factor than the manipulation factor at work. It should be noted then that the data itself is quite thin on Putin. There is no 'sexy angle of attack' indicating a design effort in the makeup or the selection of the data.

Posted by: Tuyzentfloot | Oct 4 2021 19:41 utc | 30

Biden fashioning himself as an anti-corruption crusader is like John Wayne Gacy self-appointing as a child welfare advocate.

Posted by: nwwoods | Oct 4 2021 19:42 utc | 31

don't act all butthurt when illegally obtained info is edited and redacted to slander official enemies by the most egregious offenders of these supposed crimes, especially when the most official enemy of all is not mentioned in the reports but somehow manages to be the most talked about in the media.

what isn't a projection? US intel sucks so what does such intel consist of except looking in the mirror and assuming everyone else is an equal piece of shit as yourself? there is certainly evidence for that opinion, but it's also curiously self-reinforcing, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

we can't build our dreams together on suspicious minds-the King

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Oct 4 2021 19:55 utc | 32

the Senator from Delaware is the biggest anti-corruption crusader in history!

people will believe anything. how many hundreds of billions have gone missing from Operation: Cultivate Afghani Opium? but the King of Jordan is corrupt? gtfoh.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Oct 4 2021 20:05 utc | 33

the Senator from Delaware is the biggest anti-corruption crusader in history!

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Oct 4 2021 20:05 utc | 32

Delaware is one of if not the biggest tax haven in USA.

Of course the big game for USA is that they are telegraphing to the elite the only safe place for your dirty money is USA. Fill out your w8, w9 and FATCA forms, pay uncle Sam your protection money in withholding tax and all will be well. Delaware stands to benefit massively.

For the 0.1%ers outside the 5 eye orbit this will just further press home the need for an alternative to the traditionally Western oligarchy-run financial system, which is totally penetrated. I'm totally fine with it if this will bring forward the end of USD, BIS, swift etc!

Posted by: A.L. | Oct 4 2021 20:20 utc | 34

thanks b... good work! also, thanks karlof1 and roger for the comments up top...

@ Caliman | Oct 4 2021 17:05 utc | 6.. it's rare to read a viewpoint on moa that is so incredibly naive, it defies a response!

Posted by: james | Oct 4 2021 20:35 utc | 35

Posted by: A.L.
thanks for the pro tip. i been watching the senator from mbna for far too goddam long now.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Oct 4 2021 20:35 utc | 36

OT, but both Facebook and Instagram have gone offline, for hours at this point. Something definitely is up, and it's not a DNS server failure.

Posted by: trisha | Oct 4 2021 20:42 utc | 37

So what you are really saying is the Pandora Papers are US friendly intel unlike Wikileaks that hates South Dakota.

South Dakota now rivals offshore tax havens for financial secrecy, Pandora Papers say
https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/pandora-papers-south-dakota-rivals-offshore-tax-havens-for-financial-secrecy-2021-10

Pandora papers
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/oct/03/pandora-papers-biggest-ever-leak-of-offshore-data-exposes-financial-secrets-of-rich-and-powerful

foreign Money
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/interactive/2021/booming-us-tax-haven-industry/

Posted by: Anon | Oct 4 2021 20:45 utc | 38

Posted by: trisha | Oct 4 2021 20:42 utc | 36

RE social media down: I am reading that it is a DNS server problem, which would be a good way to sabotage the web.

Say 1.5 billion scraped Faceplant user info for sale on the web.

In other news State Dept. says it will meet w. N. Korea without preconditions, which is new. Something going on in Korea.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 4 2021 21:04 utc | 39

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 4 2021 21:04 utc | 38

US to help NK build nuke subs to contain China er... I mean maintain peace and stability in indochina...

USANK pact... Probably not the best name for a sub deal...

/sarc (just in case)

Posted by: A.L. | Oct 4 2021 21:43 utc | 40

Posted by: A.L. | Oct 4 2021 21:43 utc | 39

USANK: Thanks for your thoughts.

I did see that suggested, but is N. K. really that dumb? I don't see it.

Yet I don't see S.K. and N.K. sorting out their differences soon either. But I may be wrong.

I like Korea and Koreans, love to see them get their autonomy back. See what they do with it.

It reminds me of what is going on in Lebanon a bit, a sudden unexplained swerve in a new direction.

Unification and time to sort things out together seems like the best thing for the Koreas, they have a LOT of potential. Maybe China will help them out with that.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 4 2021 22:31 utc | 41

WaPo's editor has published a letter telling his version of the story:

Why The Post published the Pandora Papers investigation

So, let me get this straight:

1) this all comes from an obscure Washington, D.C. based NGO, founded in the 1990s, which, on its part, was created by another obscure NGO, also from Washington, D.C.;

2) the 200 or so journalists from this obscure NGO managed to get - through unknown means and methods - a mammoth 11.9 million documents (and that's just the "Pandora", not counting the "Panama");

3) only the newspapers who are "partners" of this "project" can have access to this archive; all of them are Western;

4) as the editor himself admitted, no single newspaper - or, for that matter, institution or group in general - have managed (for obvious reasons), to read, let alone digest, all of those 11.9 million documents; that means partner newspaper x can simply just ask for the documents that implicate politician or country y and z and edit out the evidence in order to create a completely distorted narrative.

This is clearly a high-level propaganda warfare waged by the USA against its enemies. And yes, there is internal division, dependent on which party is in power in the USA at any given time. For example, these "Pandora" papers implicate the whole Bolsonaro government, including his most important politician - Economy Minister Paulo Guedes. Bolsonaro is a declared Trumpist and Bannonist, who are a political enemy of the Democratic Party, which is in power right now in the USA. Bannon is a declared fanboy of Russian traditionalist Alexander Dugin, who enjoyed great favor in the first Putin government, up to circa 2009. This is, therefore, a two-pronged attack: the liberals think they can clean the sheet of the West in one big movement, in order to avoid the lamentable degeneration of liberalism in the 1930s (which gave birth to the Nazi war machine and WWII).

Evidently, there are no significant number of Americans in the "Pandora" (and an insignificant proportion of the "Panama"). There are two main possibilities here - beyond the obvious fact that this new NGO is being used as a façade for the USG - which are:

a) these "independent journalists" are a bunch of ideologues of liberalism, who really believe it to be righteous to lie in order to save the unipolar world order commanded by the USA (as such, they're also rabid nationalists), in which case they're useful idiots;

b) these "independent journalists" are more realistic than the royalty, and think they can use the USG for now, and gather strength to get the Americans later (i.e. they think the USG are their useful idiots);

c) this NGO can be a full-fledged façade, completely fake, a la the NGOs used by the CIA during the 1950s and 1960s.

There is a problem with this tactic, though. The USA and its capitalist class think they're the revolutionaries, when in fact they're the reactionaries. They're protecting a system that's more than 500 years old. By using revolutionary tactics (color revolutions, chaos warfare, unconventional warfare etc.) to protect the already hegemonic (and decrepit) system, they're just preparing the stage for blowback after blowback.

Posted by: vk | Oct 4 2021 23:08 utc | 42

James - I'm not naïve. I realize that, as b says, this release is likely to be sourced from US "intelligence" who have their own and obvious reasons for doing what they do.

However, the point is that this kind of information is almost always a release from some source with ulterior motives. Did y'all think the DNC releases in '16 were pure like driven snow?

My view is I want free flow of truthful information about the corruption of the ruling classes, no matter the source. So, up with wikileaks, with Snowden, and with this tranche of data (as long as its truthful, as I said before).

The problem is the ruling class ... everywhere: in the US and UK and EU AND in Russia, China, and the rest.

Posted by: Caliman | Oct 4 2021 23:16 utc | 43

BFD, another expose about how the elites screw the working classes by hiding their wealth. "YAWN"

And meanwhile, the workers can't get a raise in the minimum wage, nor change the laws that permit the practices mentioned.

Propaganda MUST be the point of this exercise in futility....

Posted by: vetinLA | Oct 4 2021 23:17 utc | 44

@ Caliman | Oct 4 2021 23:16 utc | 42.. welp, i guess having a picture of putin on the cover of the guardian or whatever rag wants to run with this shit is all fine and good and really going after the criminals, lolol... okay.. i am sure there's a shortage of us and etc ruling class and that is the only reason they included putins pic!

Posted by: james | Oct 4 2021 23:20 utc | 45

Pandora et al

The consensus reason in DC about why there are no "Americans" in the Pandora dump is because the American tax loopholes for the rich are so amazing, and since the rich pay no taxes anyway, there is no need to shelter income/assets. I kid you not.

Posted by: gottlieb | Oct 4 2021 23:21 utc | 46

Bemildred @40--

Actually, N & S Korea have resumed their dialog now that com lines are fixed. Japan's newly elected PM Kishida announced he's willing to talk with no pre-conditions, a desire that was later echoed by the Outlaw US Empire in a 180 by Biden on policy he announced during his presidential campaign.

What's odd to me is Iran's decision to return to Vienna to resume JCPOA talks. I did note a change in the Raisi administration's rhetoric toward the claims of imminent danger by Occupied Palestine which is more outspoken on the regime's law breaking:

"'Israel is in no position to talk about Iran. Israel is sitting on hundreds of nuclear warheads, is not [a] member of NPT [Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons] or accepting any international monitoring regime … not respecting [Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction], so on and so forth.'"

Well, jaw-jaw is better than war-war.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 4 2021 23:25 utc | 47

Im sure but there also NO names from ANY of the five eyes countries?

Posted by: Hermius | Oct 4 2021 23:31 utc | 48

fyi

the ever perspective and often witty Mark Ames

https://twitter.com/MarkAmesExiled/status/1444795920818839552
Mark Ames @MarkAmesExiled

Amazing coincidences that neither hedge fund oligarch George Soros nor tech oligarch Omidyar are ever implicated in any of these Panama/Pandora leaks that their foundations underwrite. We Americans are lucky to have such honest incorruptible oligarchs ruling over us.

Posted by: michaelj72 | Oct 4 2021 23:49 utc | 49

heck, sorry, should have been 'perceptive'

Posted by: michaelj72 | Oct 4 2021 23:51 utc | 50

@ Posted by: michaelj72 | Oct 4 2021 23:49 utc | 48

I think it's a well-known fact George Soros is one of the sponsors of the whole thing since "Panama".

Soros' Holy Grail is Putin. He makes a lot of things meanwhile, but, at the end of the day, he wants to get Putin. No wonder, then, that Putin filled the headlines when "Panama" got out and now, with "Pandora".

But that's what I told you about using revolutionary means to protect the reactionary system. In his quest to get Putin, the "Panama" and the "Pandora" only proved his innocence.

Posted by: vk | Oct 4 2021 23:55 utc | 51

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 4 2021 18:12 utc | 18
big thank you to b for doing the digging and penetrating analysis on this. B, you deserve some financial support for this and all your work.
Also, thanks to karlof1 for the foresight and big picture understanding to i.d. the "opereration" as "lawfare". If this latest, laughable "fight against corruption" is the latest rollout of a color revolution plan we could continue getting ahead of the game by looking at the Brazil "lawfare" scam that took down Dilma and Lula. We could then make predictions of the coming steps in their plans. If Biden and the U.S. oligarchs and security operatives are targeting a specific country, say, Belarus, or, Nicaragua, or Cuba, Iran, etc. they would need someone to bring criminal charges and then have the standing and physical protection to "turn" accused targets so they would be pressured to squeal on their bosses, moving up the chain. I don't know of a country that has a high level "narc" or spy working with imperial forces but I'm a peon so I wouldn't. I do know that Latin America has a number of countries ready to make a big shift away from the U.S. in coming elections--Colombia, Chile, Brazil-- along with current resistance countries facing elections which the Empire is working to subvert-- Nicaragua, Venezuela... Lawfare is a powerful vehicle if you have a high level operative in the judiciary AND if your plans are not exposed which b and karlof are in the process of doing.
https://www.brasilwire.com/ is the best site for learning about how the U.S. orchestrated the coup against Dilma and Lula using the CIA

Posted by: migueljose | Oct 5 2021 0:25 utc | 52

Woops... hit the wrong button.... to finish my thought above--
using the CIA to maintain communication with the main spy whose name is Sergio Moro. The Brazil "lawfare" story is like a real life spy thriller but unfortunately it is real life... Brazil is hurting bad.

Posted by: migueljose | Oct 5 2021 0:31 utc | 53

a bit off topic so excuse me, but...

Many,if not most barflies read the Saker. He cited b today in case you missed it, a heartfelt endorsement, imo.:

"By the way, I also highly recommend to all my readers to read Moon of Alabama (https://www.moonofalabama.org/) at least once a day. ‘b’ is a very solid analyst and his website is superb. Even better is the fact that he often writes about topics I do not cover, or he covers them differently, so make sure to check him out daily :-)"

https://thesaker.is/china-in-the-crosshairs-is-a-war-in-the-far-east-and-pacific-next/

Posted by: migueljose | Oct 5 2021 0:37 utc | 54

Really odd as others early in this thread have observed that the names of billionaires and politicians in the US and some of the other Five-Eyes nations (Australia, Canada and New Zealand) are conspicuous by their absence in the so-called Pandora Papers. As their names don't appear in the publicised files of investments made in known offshore tax havens, that may well confirm B's suggestion that the US is competing with Britain and others to be the Tax Haven Uber Alles. That really does not say much for the state of the US economy, that in order to keep Wall Street afloat the US resorts to shafting even its supposed allies (and tax haven competitors) like the UK and the Netherlands, the way it shafted France twice over the Mistral warships and the submarine building contract with Australia. The vacuum sucking sounds are getting louder.

And there really must not be that much difference between the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and fakes like Bellingcat who wait for instructions from whoever "leaks" (or hacks) information to them.

Of course the real issue is where the money funnelled into internal US tax havens actually goes to: does it go to the usual suspects like Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman and other arms corporations to spend on setting up factories making micro-parts for parts to go into F-35 jets that can't fly or nuclear subs that Australia is supposed to be making (but will have to be bought from the US so the money may as well stay in the US) to create more jobs for prisoners; or does the money go those and other corporations so they can fund US politicians' election war-chests; or does the money go to US billionaires for more joyrides above the North Pole so they can see more blue and less white?

Posted by: Jen | Oct 5 2021 0:40 utc | 55

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 4 2021 23:25 utc | 46

Yes, thanks for your comments. I've read a little about the hot line and Moon-Kim reapproachment. The Sauds and Iran are talking too. I have the feeling the tectonic plates are moving around geopolitically, people considering their options and sending up trial balloons. I suppose I want to know what is going to happen like everybody else. But lots of things going on, quietly, and just recently. And wondering about the parts we are not told, like Kim's new weapons, and the Iranian oil bailout for Lebanon, and the response to that. Too many things to keep track of.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 5 2021 0:59 utc | 56

Fram one of anon links:

The documents reveal that $360 billion in customer assets are sitting in trusts in South Dakota. Over the years, state lawmakers in South Dakota have approved legislation drafted by trust industry insiders, protecting their customers' finances and adding additional benefits, according to the ICIJ. Over the last decade, the total dollar in these accounts has quadrupled from $57.3 billion.

The rise in the value of those assets was so astounding that it burn a hole in the brain of the journalist. Back in elementary school I was able to mentally calculate 360/57.3 > 360/60 = 36/6 =
Now let's guess: the journalist thinks that "quadrupling" means that "manyfold increase", an unspecified number, or that 6 is roughly 4, or that...

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 5 2021 1:05 utc | 57

Pierre Omidyar’s Funding of Pro-Regime-Change Networks and Partnerships with CIA Cutouts (MintPress News, Alexander Rubinstein & Max Blumenthal, February 20, 2019)


Through Topic and another film studio that Omidyar funds – First Look’s Field of Vision “documentary unit” – the billionaire has overseen two productions on the Panama Papers, named after the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, whose internal documents were leaked to a German newspaper. The document trove exposed the internal data of 214,000 offshore companies, revealing financial corruption on a global scale.

Alongside Topic’s forthcoming “The Laundromat,” a thriller starring Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas, First Look produced the 2018 “Panama Papers” documentary. The latter film starred Luke Harding, the longtime Moscow correspondent for the Guardian, a liberal British newspaper that Omidyar also funds through his Humanity United. “If you find money tied to Bashar al-Assad and to Putin, maybe it’s not such a good idea that only I know,” one journalist featured in the documentary trailer intoned.

In 2017, the year after the Panama Papers were leaked, and the same year a similar document trove called the Paradise Papers was released, Omidyar ponied up $100 million to fund media groups like the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). According to an Omidyar Group press release, the massive injection of funding to ICIJ was aimed at “address[ing the] trust deficit” by helping the group host the Panama and Paradise Papers.

A quick browse through the ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database reveals that Omidyar himself is named in the documents; the billionaire had apparently directed finances from his Omidyar Network Fund LLC into an “Offgrid Electric Ltd” in Seychelles – an island that the ICIJ itself called “a haven for dirty money.”

When ICIJ began disseminating its files to the media, activities like those of its major funders were overlooked. In the New Yorker, John Cassidy wondered why so few American elites were being scrutinized in the coverage of the Panama Papers. Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, noticed that the investigation instead focused on countries seeking to break Western sanctions: “rogue states” like Zimbabwe, North Korea, Syria and Russia. Murray wrote:

The filtering of this Mossack Fonseca information by the corporate media follows a direct western governmental agenda. There is no mention at all of use of Mossack Fonseca by massive western corporations or western billionaires – the main customers.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a group that claims to defend press freedom on behalf of media around the world, has also been a major beneficiary of Omidyar’s fortune.

Over the years, Omidyar has invested alongside the NED as well as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in strategic locations around the globe. In fact, the NED’s media arm, the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), lists the Omidyar Network as a partner organization that is “tackl[ing] the root causes of the global trust deficit” in mainstream media.

Posted by: S | Oct 5 2021 1:17 utc | 58

(I recommend reading the entire article.)

Posted by: S | Oct 5 2021 1:20 utc | 59

from b above:

By disgracing or eliminating overseas competition they promote U.S. tax havens like Alaska, Nevada and Delaware to foreign 'customers':

The Pandora Papers contains details on over 200 trusts set up in the U.S. in recent years. In dozens of cases, clients have abandoned more traditional havens, such as the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas, in favor of the U.S.

The most popular destination has been South Dakota, where the past decade has seen the value of assets held in trusts reach more than $360 billion. State laws in South Dakota allow for the establishment of secret trusts which don’t have to pay a cent of tax to the state for any earnings. Unlike most states, which restrict the life of trusts to a century or less, South Dakota trusts are also “perpetual,” meaning they have no end date. This means they can continue making tax free gains and passing them on to future generations — theoretically forever.

[emphasis added]

https://www.occrp.org/en/the-pandora-papers/massive-leak-exposes-the-hidden-fortunes-of-worlds-elite-and-crooks

Let's have a moment of silence for the burial of the Rule against perpetuities I hadda learn it in law school.

The rule against perpetuities is a legal rule in the Anglo-American common law that prevents people from using legal instruments (usually a deed or a will) to exert control over the ownership of private property for a time long beyond the lives of people living at the time the instrument was written. Specifically, the rule forbids a person from creating future interests (traditionally contingent remainders and executory interests) in property that would vest beyond 21 years after the lifetimes of those living at the time of creation of the interest, often expressed as a “life in being plus twenty-one years”. In essence, the rule prevents a person from putting qualifications and criteria in a deed or a will that would continue to affect the ownership of property long after he or she has died, a concept often referred to as control by the "dead hand" or "mortmain".

The basic elements of the rule against perpetuities originated in England in the 17th century and were "crystallized" into a single rule in the 19th century.[1] The rule's classic formulation was given in 1886 by the American legal scholar John Chipman Gray:

No interest is good unless it must vest, if at all, not later than twenty-one years after some life in being at the creation of the interest.

— John Chipman Gray, Rule Against Perpetuities § 201.[2]

The rule has its origin in the Duke of Norfolk's Case of 1682.

Posted by: pogohere | Oct 5 2021 1:52 utc | 60

Finding no huge tax evaders in the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland etc. is odd. But other nations are also white: like PR China (only 2 people form Hong Kong), Most of North Africa, S E Asia. They did report 38 from the Ukraine though, 9 from the UK and 5 from Saudi Arabia.

Are there any independent newspapers left in the US, Canada, Australia or Germany?

In general any billionaire tax evader is one too many, where ever he is.

Does the Guardian (owners) pay any tax?

Posted by: Antonym | Oct 5 2021 2:09 utc | 61

If anyone has an "Insurrection" lasting more than four hours, read this post:

https://fivegunswest.blogspot.com/2021/10/if-you-have-insurrection-lasting-more.html

Posted by: Ruben | Oct 5 2021 2:13 utc | 62

It also serves the purpose of warning (threatening) rulers everywhere: look what we can do to you if you don't behave.

There's some collateral damage in the West, but not important enough to make it credible. They should try harder next time, sacrifice more of their own.

Posted by: Robert Macaire | Oct 5 2021 2:48 utc | 63

Have not yet read all the comments but have to say this is a very impressive post. Thank you b.

Posted by: Sushi | Oct 5 2021 3:53 utc | 64

S #57

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a group that claims to defend press freedom on behalf of media around the world, has also been a major beneficiary of Omidyar’s fortune.

I guess Omidyar's "The Committee to Protect Journalists" is working real hard to defend Julian Assange.

Is he free yet?

Has Biden demanded his freedom yet?

Has the Fraud Squad blocked the vote in his support yet?

No. I am shocked!

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 5 2021 5:49 utc | 65

Bemildred #38

In other news State Dept. says it will meet w. N. Korea without preconditions, which is new. Something going on in Korea.

Well I guess the State Department is not doing too well. Certainly far worse than Trump's pathetic turn. Currently no one in a sane mind is any longer willing to meet with the USA aside from Australia and UK. The Chinese just told them go plat weeds, the Russians are not answering calls, the Germans have a good reason to ignore them for the next century, Ukraine has just been sold down the river, Turkey thinks they are morons and is in a good position to know these things, Haiti says they are undignified trash.

What would a meeting between Biden and Kim look like? Of course Kim could be dead thus depriving Biden of even that equivalence.

I think it would give 'awkward' a refreshed nuance for sure but I doubt Biden is going to get anywhere near such a meeting.

Maybe a meeting with the new Japanese PM would be possible only I fear that a US destroyer will scuttle the opportunity simply out of poor timing.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 5 2021 6:10 utc | 66

What is in that other box still unopened I ask?

Will Lizzy Warren go through with this or is she too angling for a cut?

Is all the smoke coming from Pandora's Box just a cover for the abject failure of the SEC to competently prevent fraud at the highest level of Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

What a coincidence!

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 5 2021 7:23 utc | 67

Isn't the black guy on the left of the Guardian picture my own President Cyril Ramaphosa? I'm sure loads of his cash is stashed illegally abroad, but apparently he isn't mentioned in the Paradise Papers either (at least not the ones which have been released).

Incidentally, South Africa's "prestigious" fishwrap, the Mail and Guardian, is owned by the "Media Development Trust", which -- surprise, surprise -- is owned by Soros and Omidyar. And our "prestigious" propaganda blog the Daily Maverick was set up by a Serbian previously engaged in the CIA plot against Milosevic, who unexpectedly came to South Africa and came into a mysteriously vast amount of money to rent some clapped-out white journalists to fill space with right-wing propaganda. Much of the Maverick also mysteriously has access to the bank accounts of politicians whom the neoliberals want to nail (but not to the ones whom the neoliberals want to install).

Thank God for the West's high-standard, integrity-stuffed journalism!

Posted by: MFB | Oct 5 2021 7:36 utc | 68

pogohere | Oct 5 2021 1:52 utc | 59

Small question; AS "Corporations" are now considered legally as "people" in the US, does the 21 year rule still apply as they are effectively immortal?

I'm not a lawyer, so just a simply answer please. However, I presume the answer is Yes. (Haven't had time to go through your links yet).
Although the use of the term "Interest" makes it slightly more confusing when Central Bank interest rates are stuck at almost zero.

Something for me to cogitate on for the future.
The people owning the Corporation are isolated from the effects of the actions of the corporations themselves. It is extremely rare to see any "owners" prosecuted for a fault by "Corps". And it is the Shareholder who pays the fines.
***

I should also point out that "reparations" for theft during the WWII by Nazis, were almost indefinite (ie for descendants), except that recently Poland has decided to call a halt after 70+ years.

****
PS.
Name calling; How about "Popcorn Papers"?
Or another name for the "Eminences grises" who control Politics, and who now could be called the "Grey Corps".

Posted by: Stonebird | Oct 5 2021 8:21 utc | 69

To be honest, tax evasion havens are the only problem where I could see as morally justifiable to employ US-style tactics - by which I mean carpet bombing.

Posted by: Caliman | Oct 4 2021 23:16 utc | 42

Obligatory reminder that "ruling" is an adjective, not a class in itself.

Class is defined by relationships of property and production. Whether it's "ruling" or not depends on whether it has command over the state to make sure laws are designed to favor their interests and to keep other classes suppressed or subservient.

Posted by: Misotheist | Oct 5 2021 8:35 utc | 70

Caliman | Oct 4 2021 23:16 utc | 42
and in answer to post by
Misotheist | Oct 5 2021 8:35 utc | 69

Instead of "class", you could also use "caste", as the majority think they have some hereditary "right" and a "hereditary" ability to be where they are.

Posted by: Stonebird | Oct 5 2021 8:48 utc | 71

Isn't the black guy on the left of the Guardian picture my own President Cyril Ramaphosa?

Posted by: MFB | Oct 5 2021 7:36 utc | 67

No, it’s Uhuru Kenyatta.

Posted by: Down South | Oct 5 2021 9:15 utc | 72

I get paid more than $90 per hour when working from home with my 2 children. It’s not something I’d ever thought I could do, but my best friend earns over ten thousand dollars a month doing this, and she convinced me to do it. There is an endless amount of potential here.

Here are some things I’ve been doing….☛☛☛ https://bit.ly/3a6hSnl

Posted by: Mark B. Atkins | Oct 5 2021 10:42 utc | 73

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Oct 4 2021 17:39 utc | 10 -- "The map kind of says it all. The US, Canada, Australia are snow white, of course."

They are snow white because they are brilliantly shining examples of "normal nations" that US "leadership" say they want the rest of the world to become, but only saying, but yelling at the Zone B world.

Posted by: kiwiklown | Oct 5 2021 10:58 utc | 74

Posted by: A.L. | Oct 4 2021 20:20 utc | 33 -- "I'm totally fine with it if this will bring forward the end of USD, BIS, swift etc!"

Like fish trapped in a pond with the water rapidly drying up, the West's "elite" trash about more and more frantically as the end approaches faster and faster.

These Propaganda Papers (hat tip to Canadian Cents @10) are a self-defeating hail-mary kind of desperation attempt at regaining lost credibility by defaming others.

If so many of us can spot the scam, certainly, world leaders can also see through it.

Firstly, credibility, once lost takes decades to rebuild. Secondly, credibility, even if regained, cannot feed Americans: the US needs to produce real goods, increase real production, and not just trash the world with empty words and vacuous slogans.

And so, like you, I eagerly anticipate the end of the USD as global reserve currency.

Let the USD be just another currency, just like any other normal currency without that objectionable "exhorbitant privilege (hat tip to DeGaulle)."

Posted by: kiwiklown | Oct 5 2021 11:10 utc | 75

What I find interesting is the UK is not blank, and then I recall that "Biden" is Irish, and he is not fond of Johnson or the English. So I hypothesize that one target of this "release" is the UK tax haven ("the City"), we want that business, and maybe we want them to stop with the moronic MI6 progaganda offensives.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 5 2021 11:17 utc | 76

Thanks for the correction, downsouth. I suppose one neocolonial stooge is very much like another --bloated on the crumbs sprinkled before them by their masters ...

Posted by: MFB | Oct 5 2021 11:24 utc | 77

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 5 2021 6:10 utc | 65

Thank you for your thoughts.

I have noticed that Blinken has been visiting out-of-the-way places.

The things about N. Korea is we have been Bolton-like in our obstinacy about not meeting them "without preconditions" for ages. We never forgive escaped colonies: Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti. Ukraine will get shafted too now, we are very disappointed in them. And N. Korea got chummy with Trump too.

So it strikes me as a big shift, in attitude, for the Neocons to say OK Kim!, and I wonder what is behind it. They are not usually so reasonable.

And "Biden" is doing un-Biden-like things. As someone who has been watching him all of his life, I wonder what is up. Other people have noticed this too:

Biden Becomes a Bernie Sanders Democrat?

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 5 2021 11:43 utc | 78

Rogue Americans stashed assets offshore, eluding victims and impeding investigators

Listen, guys, those are just "rogue Americans"! Nothing to see here!

Posted by: vk | Oct 5 2021 11:51 utc | 79

It seems my memory wasn't so bad. George Soros is indeed one of the patrons of the ICIJ:

Who's Behind the 'Pandora Papers' Leaks of Politicians' Offshore Assets?

But who is paying the ICIJ's team of 240 journalists to pore through records of offshore assets?

The body's financial backers include the Adessium Foundation, Open Society Foundations (OSF), The Sigrid Rausing Trust, The Ford Foundation, Fritt Ord Foundation, and the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, along with Australian media mogul Graeme Wood.

OSF is the vehicle for Hungarian-born, anti-communist billionaire George Soros to fund NGOs around the world which have been accused of aiding regime change efforts in a number of countries.

Dutch-based Adessium funds Bellingcat, an organisation that has issued regular briefings accusing the Syrian government and its allies of war crimes, while foreign powers including the US and Turkey continue to support armed militant groups.

Posted by: vk | Oct 5 2021 12:13 utc | 80

Blair may be on the Pandora list after calling Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal “imbecilic”. The poodle bit Master’s hand and has been chastised.

Posted by: Robert Etges | Oct 5 2021 12:15 utc | 81

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 5 2021 6:10 utc | 65

N. K. has displayed some fancy new tech lately, so that may be the explanation. Kim seems to have some sort of high-class scientific team working for him.

The sudden turnaround in attitude was simultaneous, Kim restores the hot line, State says "let's talk!", and Moon needs all the help he can get these days too.

S. Korean politics is very opaque and strange, but being USA-ian I cannot say much about it.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 5 2021 12:23 utc | 82

Blair may be on the Pandora list after calling Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal “imbecilic”. The poodle bit Master’s hand and has been chastised.

Posted by: Robert Etges | Oct 5 2021 12:15 utc | 80

Good point. People need to stay in their place.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 5 2021 12:28 utc | 83

"The papers are said to come from a total of 14 offshore providers of legal vehicles which allow people to hide their money and to avoid tax payments."

Processing of the documents seem to involve massive amount of money, 200 (600) "journalists" working, and these persons have to be paid sufficiently well to be trusted not to leak beyond the strategically chosen leaks. Preferably, working for some plutocrat-supported outfits for years. Workers of "offshore providers of legal vehicles" are also well paid and also have stable jobs, so I imagine that a combination of massive bribes and blackmail was involved. One can imagine 1-2 idealistic leakers, but 14? That points to a power beyond a private citizen, even as rich as Soros, in other words, branches of Deep State. One aspect pointing to Deep State is that the methods require some crimes, and those require impunity.

There are many benefits from those operation if there is a sophisticated central mind behind them. One is maintenance of "anti-corruption ideology", which requires that imperial puppets are at least occasionally facing some consequences (I skip the obvious: grist for propaganda directed at the opponents of the empire), and better control of those puppets. It does not hurt if the flagship of imperial propaganda get some shining examples of good work -- daily fare they offer may be too bland.

In particular, Ukraine and perhaps Brasil is ruled particularly ineptly, and in Ukraine case, dangerously. The rulers have to be nudged out in orderly manner, preferably without arresting opposition ahead of elections. Fresh faces have to take over, even if not right now.

The documentary loot was not amassed and analyzed in a week or a month. The release coincide with some urgent puppet-control needs or just a long term schedule.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 5 2021 12:47 utc | 84

Still missing: Putin's $140B

Remember when the big talking point about 'Putin's corruption' was the claim that he stole $140B from Russia and was the richest man in the world? Even after this Intel operation, they found less than $10M and even that connection is sketchy.

Still have $140B ...

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Oct 5 2021 13:03 utc | 85

This came out the day after King Abdullah of Jordan had a friendly phone call with President of Syria Assad. Where they discussed future collaboration. Noticed he was the one most persecuted by NYT and Washington Post when the news first broke. It was all about him “they” are harassing him so he doesn’t fall into the sphere of Russia/China/Syria - his step brother who tried to oust him earlier this year had touted corruption as a reason for the coup attempt.
“They” want him out because he’s pro Palestine .

Posted by: Salazar | Oct 5 2021 14:11 utc | 86

I am remembering that back in the Key reign (and perhaps before) many irregular financial havens were to be found in New Zealand. Perhaps some of the current barfriends there could enlighten us on such current affairs, or are they now 'swept clean' according to these revelations?

Concurrent with that comes the increase of virus invasion there, and an apparent change of policy. I was sad to see the vaccine rollout, affecting members of my family who have more faith in their government than I have in mine. Is there any talk of ivermectin, since surely NZ must be aware of India and Mexico, not to mention Africa?

And finally, it does seem the recent raising of precautions with respect to Australia may have been mistaken, though also other Pacific islands would have been possible vectors as well. I do hope other remedies are being pursued. NZ was very slow in recognizing the merits (or I should say demerits) of GM/Roundup aerial spray programs. If indeed they have finally done so.

These things are connected.

Posted by: juliania | Oct 5 2021 15:21 utc | 87

NS2 inches forward a little more
https://tass.com/economy/1345929

Posted by: ptb | Oct 5 2021 15:32 utc | 88

Vk @ 79

But who is paying the ICIJ's team of 240 journalists to pore through records of offshore assets?
The body's financial backers include the Adessium Foundation, Open Society Foundations (OSF), The Sigrid Rausing Trust, The Ford Foundation, Fritt Ord Foundation, and the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, along with Australian media mogul Graeme Wood.

OSF is the vehicle for Hungarian-born, anti-communist billionaire George Soros to fund NGOs around the world which have been accused of aiding regime change efforts in a number of countries.

Dutch-based Adessium funds Bellingcat, an organisation that has issued regular briefings accusing the Syrian government and its allies of war crimes, while foreign powers including the US and Turkey continue to support armed militant groups. <= excellent research and reasoning..


Piotr Berman @ 83 ""anti-corruption ideology"", <=produces answer for responsibility? I don't think so,
its more the wrong people have joined the offshore gravy train meant only for those who invented it? Suggest to look for the common thread in those whose purse has been exposed.

Maybe if there is to be a singular global system.. the house needs first to be cleaned to make room for the new? Trillions can be converted to digital currency and still appear to be where wrongness was last reported.

Somehow we are looking at a slight of hand. I think.. No serious PIGO would ever consent to revealing a secret still in use. The papers are Interesting, even revealing, but they raise more questions than they answer..

Posted by: snake | Oct 5 2021 15:34 utc | 89

In 88, I forget to add the observation that even if each and every dollar of offshore hidden wealth were exposed, identified and each and every owner identified and related to the act that put those funds in those places, still without a second government, there is no way to make the first government do one thing about it.. They are all in on it together.

a 2nd government, one that audits and governs the first government, is the only way to correct the lopsided control the PIGO have in their nation state system because the system has given, to the PIGO-few, not only ownership over everything and everybody in the world but also given the PIGO manipulative power over every mind in the world and ownership power over everything a mind in the world can inventor or create.

The nation state system can be operated either as a top down or as a bottom up system.. The world has not yet experienced the changes a bottom up system will bring.. but when it does, the PIGOs will be the permanent occupants of the nation state Prisons. Morality is a function of those who control the system.

Posted by: snake | Oct 5 2021 15:47 utc | 90

the only thing we learn from these "revelations" is that this is some unknown percentage of the total of money involved in what is narrowly defined as "corruption."

meaning there is no lack of money. meaning money is a tool of controlling people.

but cue "Safety Dance" - We coup who we want to, you can leave your lands behind...cuz if you don't coup, you ain't no friend of mine - Elon Musk. overthrowing governments or imposing sanctions and then stealing their wealth isn't corruption? bombing the fuck out of countries left and right in order to try to control the global oil supply isn't corruption?

manipulating international markets to force countries like Vietnam to "reopen" so diabetic jelly rolls in the US can have enough "shoes" at Xmas time? all as a piece of a future assault on China?

US generals and other national and international figures walking off w/billions and billions from Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., isn't corruption?

where the hell does one even begin w/this shit? well, not even sharks are quite this cannibalistic, as a Tony Blair gets tossed under the bus, undoubtedly as a warning to BoJo and Co.

an economy run by rich people unaffected by that economy who gamble on that economy is rife w/corruption? where are my Dollar and 50 cent store pearls to clutch?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Oct 5 2021 15:57 utc | 91

6 of 20 news stories that pop up when i click the "new tab" button on MS Edge are about China's imminently eminent invasion of Taiwan. I guess if war with China is in the offing, then Australia and NZ will be reopening their borders fully, so it makes sense. might as well put Vietnamese kids back to work so Amazon can fund Bezos' diversity fund before the napalm and nukes start dropping. might as well put out some fairy tales about how uniquely corrupt some middle east king is.

i do hope we can wait till the sales on Black Friday before our transgender war fighters man, i mean staff, their joysticks ("Service Guarantees Insulin!") to fly those warbirds. why the hell this kind of shit isn't enough of an index of how thoroughly corrupt US society is, i don't understand.

People who grew up eating twinkies and pop tarts in the honey comb hideout, for whom the scratch ticket is their last best hope, will believe anything.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Oct 5 2021 16:24 utc | 92

this kind of shit isn't corruption?

what about this?

oh my people, poor people who expect
nothing - the wasteland

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Oct 5 2021 16:30 utc | 93

@ MFB | Oct 5 2021 7:36 utc | 68... thanks.. good info..

@ Piotr Berman | Oct 5 2021 12:47 utc | 84.. i agree with your conclusions..

@ Salazar | Oct 5 2021 14:11 utc | 86... good observations.. i think you are right about all that..

Posted by: james | Oct 5 2021 16:49 utc | 94

"Posted by: james | Oct 4 2021 20:35 utc | 35"

Good one on post #6. I felt the same thing when I read it.

Posted by: arby | Oct 5 2021 16:58 utc | 95

arby - i figure the less i post, the more the quality of the thread goes up, lol... just being silly here... cheers...

Posted by: james | Oct 5 2021 17:02 utc | 96

@Roger (3) Indeed, it might be fun if China exposed CIA black money and other financial legerdemain carried out by US practitioners, but I suspect that China is more interested in building its own economic juggernaut than exposing the sins of the failing and flailing Western one. And I agree that such an exposure would instantly be condemned as fake and thereby cancelled by all news outlets that wish to remain in the good graces of their masters.

Posted by: Rob | Oct 5 2021 17:13 utc | 97

When I saw news about the Pandora Papers on my Yahoo feed, the thumbnail was a picture of... Putin. And the only ref to him in the link was about the alleged ex-girlfriend. What a surprise.

Posted by: elkern | Oct 5 2021 17:38 utc | 98

@elkern , I'm getting similar new items. My interpretation however is that this points much more to the scapegoating or mob justice mechanisms of the mainstream press than to manipulation at the source of this datadump.
When a target has a bad reputation there is a strong positive feedback in that everyone will believe damaging claims, will not mind exaggerating them and will help spreading them.

Posted by: Tuyzentfloot | Oct 5 2021 19:56 utc | 99

Posted by: Stonebird | Oct 5 2021 8:21 utc | 69

Small question; AS "Corporations" are now considered legally as "people" in the US, does the 21 year rule still apply as they are effectively immortal?

I'm not a lawyer, so just a simply answer please.

I don't know. I'm not a lawyer either.

BTW: Trusts aren't people either.

The rule of law needs people to adhere to same. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Posted by: pogohere | Oct 5 2021 20:19 utc | 100

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