Panama Papers Reveal Spies Used Mossack Fonseca
Berlin: Secret agents from several countries, including intermediaries of the CIA, have used the services of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca in order to “conceal” their activities, a German newspaper r e p o r t e d o n T u e s d a y. “Secret agents and their informants have made wide use of the company’s services,” wrote the newspaper, which obtained a massive stash of 11.5 million documents from the company that is sending shockwaves around the globe. “Ag e n t s h ave o p e n e d shell companies to conceal their activities... Among them are close intermediaries of t h e CI A, ” the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported. The Munich-based newspaper said Mossack Fonseca’s clients included “several players” in the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, which saw senior US officials facilitate secret arms sales to Iran in a bid to secure the release of American hostages and fund Nicaragua’s Contra rebels. The Panama Papers also reveal that “cur rent or former high-ranking officials of the secret services o f at l e a s t t hree c o unt r i e s . . . S a u d i Ar a b i a , Colombia and Rwanda” are l i s t e d a mongst t he c o mpany’s c l i e nt s, t he Sueddeutsche said. Among them was Sheikh Kamal Adham, the former Saudi intelligence chief who died in 1999. Adham “spent the 1970s as one of the CIA’s key intermediaries” in the Middle East, the daily said.