Panama Papers whistleblower breaks silence and criticises Tories
The anonymous person who leaked data from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has explained their motivations in a column for German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung.
The leaker, who caused international scandal with the release of 11.5 million documents, has said the they acted independently from all governments.
“I decided to expose Mossack Fonseca because I thought its founders, employees and clients should have to answer for their roles in these crimes,” the whistleblower wrote in the German newspaper, according to The Independent.
“It will take years, possibly decades, for the full extent of the firm’s sordid acts to become known,” they added.
The anonymous source said: “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 column, the leaker behind the Panama Papers singled out the UK Conservative party for criticism, labelling them “shameless about concealing their own practices involving offshore companies”.
“The UK still has a vital role to play in ending financial secrecy on various island territories, which are unquestionably the cornerstone of institutional corruption worldwide”, the source said.