Panama Papers Whistleblower Writes Manifesto, Wants More Action From Leak

The leaker acknowledged that coverage of the leak has generated debate, but was critical of the lack of action from the controversy

The anonymous, self-described whistleblower of the so-called Panama Papers issued a manifesto Friday, saying the controversy from the leak of 11.5 million documents hasn’t triggered enough action or condemnation, NBC News reported. 

"I decided to expose Mossack Fonseca because I thought its founders, employees and clients should have to answer for their roles in these crimes, only some of which have come to light thus far," wrote the leaker in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the German newspaper that received the documents last year and then shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. 

The whistleblower acknowledged the media’s coverage has generated debate on the use of offshore shell companies to allegedly “carry out a wide array of serious crimes,” but added that not enough focus has been placed on how much of the abuse of tax havens is legal.

On Friday, President Obama urged Congress to enact measures to fight tax evasion by corporations and the rich, citing the Panama Papers as evidence. 

Iceland’s prime minister resigned over the leak and a spotlight has been trained on leaders in several countries, including Russia and China.

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