The source of the Panama Papers speaks

A post by ‘John Doe’, who claims to be the source of the Panama papers, gives a mention to New Zealand and John Key but also promotes the next revolution, digitized..


Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time. It affects all of us, the world over. The debate over its sudden acceleration has raged for years, with politicians, academics and activists alike helpless to stop its steady growth despite countless speeches, statistical analyses, a few meagre protests, and the occasional documentary.

Still, questions remain: Why? And why now?

The Panama Papers provide a compelling answer to these questions: massive, pervasive corruption. And it’s not a coincidence that the answer comes from a law firm.

That sounds quite like political activism.

Shell companies are often associated with the crime of tax evasion, but the Panama Papers show beyond a shadow of a doubt that although shell companies are not illegal by definition, they are used to carry out a wide array of serious crimes that gobeyond evading taxes.

I decided to expose Mossack Fonseca because I thought its founders, employees and clients should have to answer for their roles in these crimes, only some of which have come to light thus far. It will take years, possibly decades, for the full extent of the firm’s sordid acts to become known.

It’s hard to believe that one law firm from Panama is a major part of the problem throughout the world.

For the record, I do not work for any government or intelligence agency, directly or as a contractor, and I never have. My viewpoint is entirely my own, as was my decision to share the documents with Süddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), not for any specific political purpose, but simply because I understood enough about their contents to realize the scale of the injustices they described.

One person claiming to have done it all by themselves sounds familiar.They seem to fancy their chances of starting a revolution.

Historians can easily recount how issues involving taxation and imbalances of power have led to revolutions in ages past. Then, military might was necessary to subjugate peoples, whereas now, curtailing information access is just as effective or more so, since the act is often invisible.

Yet we live in a time of inexpensive, limitless digital storage and fast internet connections that transcend national boundaries. It doesn’t take much to connect the dots: from start to finish, inception to global media distribution, the next revolution will be digitized.

He goes on, including singling out New Zealand and John Key for a mention.

Of course, those are hardly the only issues that need fixing. Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand has been curiously quiet about his country’s role in enabling the financial fraud Mecca that is the Cook Islands.

That’s all that’s said about here but it has stirred up media and discussions.

Stuff reports on this in Panama Papers whistleblower calls out John Key over silence on ‘fraud Mecca’  and quotes a response from Key:

Key said he was aware he had been singled out over the Cook Islands in the overnight statement, but said it was historic.

Speaking at the National Party northern regional convention in Auckland on Saturday morning, Key said he was confident neither he nor any of his ministers would be on a list of several hundred names due to be released on Monday morning.

“I won’t be on that list. These people have had these papers for a year looking through politicians,” he said.

“I know my own personal situation. I can assure you if I’d been in it or my ministers had been in it, we’d well and truly know by now. He’s made reference to me as the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

“We haven’t seen the papers so we can’t comment in any great note and when we get the chance we’ll work our way through them.”

There will no doubt a lot more attention paid to this as more information becomes available (which is really quite sparse so far).

But The Standard are already relishing the chance to pile more on Key, with two featured posts on it today:

Panama leaker’s statement singles out John Key

Over night the Panama Papers leaker “John Doe” released a “manifesto”.

In it he/she mentioned just one national leader by name, singling out our very own John Key, for his “curious silence”…

Why was John Key singled out by Panama Papers hacker?

Why, out of all the rotten, corrupt and unprincipled nations of the earth, did the Panama Papers hacker single out New Zealand’s John Key for special mention?

Simon Louisson does his best to interweave Key with the post of the supposed source of the Panama papers.

I think that at this stage the self promotion of the next revolution, digitized, is of more note.