Panama Papers Source Wants Whistleblower Immunity to Aid Law Enforcement. Updated | 3:02 p.m.
The anonymous source responsible for leaking the vast document trove known as the Panama Papers said in a manifesto published on Friday that she or he “would be willing to cooperate with law enforcement” to ensure the prosecution of wrongdoing revealed by the paper trail — but only once “governments codify legal protections for whistleblowers into law.” The source wrote that the leaked files on offshore business dealings and shell companies organized by Mossack Fonseca, a law firm based in Panama, revealed “the scandal of what is legal and allowed.”
But the source, who took the name “John Doe,” argued that since “the law firm, its founders, and employees actually did knowingly violate myriad laws worldwide, repeatedly,” the wrongdoers there should now be prosecuted. Doe added that prosecutors require access to the original documents, noting that media outlets “have rightly stated that they will not provide them to law enforcement agencies. Related: Panama Papers Source Wants Whistleblower Immunity to Aid Law Enforcement. Forbes Welcome. Panama Papers: John Doe's Manifesto. 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. 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 go beyond evading taxes.
In the meantime, a new global debate has started, which is encouraging. In that regard, I have a few thoughts. For the record, I do not work for any government or intelligence agency, directly or as a contractor, and I never have. Panama Papers Source Offers Documents To Governments, Hints At More To Come · ICIJ. The anonymous whistleblower behind the Panama Papers has conditionally offered to make the documents available to government authorities.
In a statement issued to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the so-called “John Doe” behind the biggest information leak in history cites the need for better whistleblower protection and has hinted at even more revelations to come. Titled “The Revolution Will Be Digitized” the 1800-word statement gives justification for the leak, saying that “income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time” and says that government authorities need to do more to address it. Süddeutsche Zeitung has authenticated that the statement came from the Panama Papers source. The statement in full: John Doe Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time. The Panama Papers provide a compelling answer to these questions: massive, pervasive corruption. In that regard, I have a few thoughts. « La révolution sera numérique » : le manifeste de John Doe, le lanceur d’alerte des « Panama papers »
Le lanceur d’alerte anonyme des « Panama papers », qui utilise le pseudonyme « John Doe », a transmis au journal allemand Süddeutsche Zeitung un manifeste écrit en anglais pour expliquer pourquoi il a remis à la presse les 11,5 millions de fichiers des archives de Mossack Fonseca.
Le Monde reproduit une traduction intégrale de ce texte. Les citations ont été mise en exergue par la rédaction. Pour en savoir plus : Le lanceur d’alerte des « Panama papers » sort du bois pour expliquer sa démarche L’inégalité des revenus est un des marqueurs de notre époque. Elle nous affecte tous, partout dans le monde. Les « Panama papers » fournissent une réponse convaincante à ces questions : une corruption massive et généralisée. Entre-temps, un débat international a démarré, ce qui est encourageant. A cet égard, j’ai quelques réflexions à partager. « Des milliers de poursuites pourraient découler des “Panama Papers” » « Les lanceurs d’alerte méritent l’immunité » Les médias ont échoué.