Reaction to the ‘Panama Papers’ Reveals as Much as the Leaks

The Panama City skyline, Panama, April 4, 2016 (AP photo by Arnulfo Franco).
The Panama City skyline, Panama, April 4, 2016 (AP photo by Arnulfo Franco).
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AMSTERDAM—In the hours that followed the explosive revelations known as the Panama Papers, reverberations from the giant data drop were felt around the globe. After all, the 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca, leaked anonymously to International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, implicate rich and powerful people from practically every country on Earth as holders of offshore shell companies that are often used for tax evasion purposes. But while the power from the leaks to discredit prominent individuals extended across practically every nation and every system of government, reaction to the revelations was far from uniform. The differences […]

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