The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which receives its funding from the CIA-connected U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ford Foundation, as well as George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, has “shown its slip” by declaring that it will not make available the entire cache of hacked documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca public.
Instead, ICIJ maintains that it does not want to expose “sensitive information of innocent private individuals along with the public figures.”
We have heard this type of language before with massive leaks, including the classified National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden. In that case, EBay and PayPal billionaire Pierre Omidyar effectively “bought back” the NSA documents from advocacy journalist Glenn Greenwald for a $250 million bribe that funded Greenwald’s new journalistic contrivance “First Look.” After the deal, NSA documents released by Greenwald and his associates were redacted in the traditional style of NSA and U.S. Intelligence Community Freedom of Information Act censors.
In the case of ICIJ, it is clear that government financial regulators around the world will be entitled to access any of the over 4.8 million emails, 3 million database files, and 2.1 million PDFs contained in the ICIJ’s 2.4 terrabytes tranche of Mossack Fonseca documents. And it is very likely that since the documents were obtained by criminal hackers, governments will shy away from subpoenaing the documents but will use their connections with USAID, the CIA, Soros, and the Council on Foreign Relations-linked Ford Foundation to arrange for unofficial document access.
WikiLeaks also cut side deals when it obtained over 250,000 classified State Department cables. Working with the corporate media in the same style that ICIJ coordinated its release of Mossack Fonseca documents with over 100 corporate media outlets and some 400 journalists around the world, WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange worked with The New York Times and Le Figaro to ensure that the initial release of classified information was focused on Iran and, for example, not on Israel.
Ironically, WikiLeaks is now condemning ICIJ for not releasing all of the Mossack Fonseca documents in its possession. The scene is similar to two vagabonds who stumble over a suitcase full of money and fight each other for the lion’s share of the currency notes.
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