BY NEVILLE DE SILVA

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT -

At first there was the “Pen­tagon Pa­pers”. That is, of course, if you rightly dis­miss Charles Dick­ens’ Pick­wick Pa­pers as be­long­ing to a dif­fer­ent genre. The Pen­tagon Pa­pers, as it was called, was a top se­cret study by the US Depart­ment of De­fence of the coun­try’s 20 years or more of mil­i­tary-po­lit­i­cal in­volve­ment in Viet­nam up to 1967. It was scooped by the New York Times and pub­lished in 1971.

Many Sri Lankans of today would hardly have heard of the Pen­tagon Pa­pers, let alone read­ing it. The only book many read today is Face­book.

But some of them may have read or heard about the Panama Pa­pers- the

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