THE PANAMA PAPERS - Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money
In early 2015, an anonymous source provided the 2 journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer a huge cache of confidential data totaling 2.6 terabytes. The secret documents reveal how prime ministers, dictators, FIFA officials, the mafia, directors of large corporations, celebrities etc all manage and hide billions of dollars. The sheer enormity of data and the countries it impacted led the data to be shared with 107 media organizations in 76 countries, including Indian Express in India. Till the end of 2015 just about 40% of the data was studied and has already sprung up 42 links to heads of states (and family). We have already seen the impact it has had across the globe (Putin, Cameron, Messi etc.) and in India (Amitabh, Aishwarya, etc.) As the stories unfolds, we are sure to witness many bigger names exposed.
Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels, he then receives documents revealing how the president of Argentina has sequestered millions of dollars of state money for private use. This is just the beginning.
Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in the secret world where complex networks of shell companies help the super-rich to hide their money.
Faced with the contents of the largest data leak in history, they activate an international network of journalists to follow every possible line of enquiry. Operating in the strictest secrecy for over a year, they uncover cases involving European prime ministers and international dictators, emirs and kings, celebrities and aristocrats. The real-life thriller behind the story of the century, The Panama Papers is an intense, unputdownable account that proves, once and for all, that there exists a small elite living by a different set of rules and blows their secret world wide open.