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Emma Watson Implicated in the Panama Papers

Harry Potter and the Offshore Shell Company

(Newser) - David Cameron, Vladimir Putin, Hermione Granger. Actress Emma Watson has joined the ranks of world leaders implicated in the Panama Papers, the Mirror reports. According to the Independent , Watson was linked to a company based in the British Virgin Islands in a new batch of documents published online Monday. But... More »

Panama Papers Name Americans Accused of Fraud

Seems Mossack Fonseca failed to vet its clients

(Newser) - The Panama Papers database went online Monday and revealed the names of over 360,000 people and companies involved in offshore companies—including 36 Americans accused of financial wrongdoing, USA Today reports. Among them is Leonard Gotshalk, a former Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle who was accused in 2010 by federal... More »

Mysterious Panama Papers Source Finally Speaks Out

'Banks, financial regulators, and tax authorities have failed'

(Newser) - The mysterious source behind the Panama Papers broke their silence for the first time Friday, speaking out about their motivations and their willingness to assist law enforcement, the Guardian reports. In a statement titled "The Revolution Will Be Digitized," the source known only as John Doe (though their... More »

Prosecutors Raid Panama Papers Office

Authorities seeking evidence of money laundering

(Newser) - Organized crime prosecutors in Panama raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm Tuesday looking for evidence of money laundering and financing terrorism following a leak of documents about tax havens it set up for wealthy international clients. Soon after news reports based on a trove of documents from... More »

Snowden to Britain: Make David Cameron Step Down

Snowden, 'House of Cards' Twitter account both on PM's case after Panama Papers

(Newser) - "Now I work for the public" is part of Edward Snowden's Twitter bio , and he's trying to make good on that vow by motivating the good citizens of Britain to get British Prime Minister David Cameron to resign, the Independent reports. The NSA whistleblower's initiative comes... More »

David Cameron Owned Shares in Dad's Panama Papers Fund

But he says neither he nor his dad did anything wrong

(Newser) - Despite saying in the wake of the Panama Papers leak that he had "no shares, no offshore trusts, no offshore funds," British prime minister David Cameron now admits he held shares in his late father's offshore investment fund, the Guardian reports. Ian Cameron's fund, as detailed... More »

Some of the Panama Papers Won't Be Released

Leaker had 'very strong moral impulse'

(Newser) - The newspaper that first received the Panama Papers says it isn't going to release all 11.5 million files it received from a whistleblower to the public or to law enforcement—because it "isn't the extended arm of prosecutors or the tax investigators." Sueddeutsche Zeitung has... More »

Winner of Panama Papers Scandal: Bernie Sanders?

He spoke out about offshore tax havens 5 years ago

(Newser) - "Panama is the world leader when it comes to allowing wealthy Americans and large corporations to evade US taxes by stashing their cash in offshore tax havens." It's a quote as timely today as it was in 2011 when Bernie Sanders spoke about the Panama Free Trade... More »

Panama Papers Expose Hundreds of US Citizens

But to create a shell company, it's easier to go through Wyoming

(Newser) - The fallout from the massive Panama Papers leak has mostly been overseas, where Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson has resigned and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is facing tough questions over his father's use of offshore shell companies. But US authorities are still keeping a close eye... More »

First Victim of Panama Papers: Iceland Leader to Resign

His offshore account was exposed in leak

(Newser) - A member of the Icelandic government says embattled Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson will resign amid the controversy over his offshore holdings . Agriculture Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson told Icelandic broadcaster RUV that Gunnlaugsson was stepping down as leader of the country's coalition government. Opposition lawmakers say Gunnlaugsson's offshore... More »

Thousands Demand Iceland PM Quit Over Panama Papers

But Gunnlaugsson refuses to consider it

(Newser) - If the Panama Papers leak is going to bring down a big name, it's looking more and more like it will be Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. About 10,000 protesters gathered outside Parliament in Reykjavik on Monday evening, and opposition parties are pushing for a no-confidence vote,... More »

Fallout Spreads From 'History's Biggest Leak'

Offshore firms unmasked in 'Panama Papers'

(Newser) - It's being called the "WikiLeaks of the mega-rich," and it's the top story in dozens of countries around the world: A gargantuan document leak has revealed information on more than 200,000 offshore entities—and the people who use them to hide their money. Suddeutsche Zeitung ... More »

Leak Shows How Putin's Friends Hid Billions of Dollars

The 'Panama Papers' point to shady transactions

(Newser) - A massive document leak apparently shows how friends of Vladimir Putin hid about $2 billion in secret, offshore accounts—money that likely ended up benefiting Putin's family, the Guardian reports. The documents from Mossack Fonseca, an offshore law firm in Panama, show wealthy Russians moving money through Russia, Switzerland,... More »

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