Panama Papers whistleblower speaks out: ‘Shell companies are Putin’s best friend’

By | July 23, 2022

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project:

The anonymous whistleblower behind the bombshell leak known as the Panama Papers has emerged anew to warn how offshore companies are enabling Russia’s war machine.

John Doe, as the whistleblower insisted on being called, had only spoken out publicly once before, but reached out recently to the two German journalists who had received the leak of documents in 2015 concerning the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Those two reporters from Suddeutsche Zeitung, Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, now work for Germany’s Der Spiegel. They agreed to share the transcript of their John Doe interview with OCCRP and other media groups that participated in the award-winning investigation under the umbrella of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). [Continue reading…]