UK IRS to Check Pandora's Dossier on World Leaders' Offshores
OREANDA-NEWS. The UK Tax and Customs Administration will verify the information that was released in the so-called "Pandora dossier" about the connections of world leaders, influential businessmen and artists with offshore companies, UK Treasury Secretary Reenie Sunak said on Monday.
"I saw these publications late last night and it is always very difficult for me to comment on them, especially considering that they have just been made public, and of course the Tax and Customs Administration will see if there is anything there that we can study, "Sunak said on Sky News.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), one of the sources of funding for which are the funds of George Soros, released the so-called "Pandora Dossier" - a document telling about the participation of a number of world leaders in offshore projects. The dossier names more than 35 current and former political figures, as well as more than 300 officials from about 100 countries. A consortium of journalists names the United States as the world's largest tax haven.
Consortium reporters have previously described the investigation as their loudest exposure of secret financial fraud. It is noted that the dossier includes reports from more than 600 journalists from 117 countries and data from more than 11.9 million files that were obtained thanks to the information leak.
In 2016, the Panama Papers were the result of the consortium's investigation. They were published in the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The basis of this material was allegedly documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which, according to journalists, prove the involvement of some world leaders and their close associates in offshore programs. The authenticity of the Panama Papers has not been officially recognized, and Mossack Fonseca itself refused to recognize their authenticity, and called the exposing activities of journalists a crime.