‘The Panama Papers’: An Analysis

This session will look at the biggest leak in the history of global finance – 11.5 million records revealing the hitherto hidden offshore financial dealings of over 12 current and former world leaders, including prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, the president of Ukraine and the king of Saudi Arabia; 128 additional politicians and public officials around the world, and others.

They also include at least 33 people and companies blacklisted by the U.S. government because of evidence that they have been involved in wrongdoing, such as doing business with Mexican drug lords, terrorist organizations like Hezbollah or rogue nations like North Korea and Iran. One of those companies supplied fuel for the aircraft that the Syrian government used to bomb and kill thousands of its own citizens, U.S. authorities have charged.

Panelists include Gerard Ryle, head of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which coordinated the leaks in conjunction with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other news organizations.

 


Speakers

  • Gerard Ryle, Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (Washington, D.C.)
  • Arthur VanDesande, Founder, Concorde Associates & Retired Senior Special Agent, IRS Criminal Investigation, Offshore Coordinator (Miami)