Panama Papers Re­veal Spies Used Mos­sack Fon­seca

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

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.

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