The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the group responsible for the recent, enormous data dump exposing offshore banking practices, is making its articles available in one online location.
The articles, many of which first appeared in news sources throughout the world, pay special attention to intermediary companies located in tax havens such as Singapore and the Virgin Islands, that set up accounts using fake - sometimes dead - straw man directors and shareholders. Companies, documents show, fail to do due diligence to find out the source of the money, and, often, encourage account holders to withhold real identities.
ICIJ received a leak of 2.5 million files, a total file size 160 times larger than the 2010 WikiLeaks dump of US State Department documents. The financial documents implicate more than 120,000 companies in 170 countries, and expose wild narratives of secret CIA operatives, Russian spies, and delegates of Saddam Hussein using the same companies and bogus “nominee directors” to conduct their business.
The compiled report estimates that between $21 and $32 trillion in private funds is currently hidden in offshore havens, “roughly equivalent to the size of US and Japanese economies combined,” the authors of the report note.