Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak
Craig Murray, Apr 4 2016
Whoever leaked the Mossack Fonseca papers appears motivated by a genuine desire to expose the system that enables the ultra-wealthy to hide their massive stashes, often corruptly obtained and all involved in tax avoidance. These Panamanian lawyers hide the wealth of a significant proportion of the 1%, and the massive leak of their documents ought to be a wonderful thing. Unfortunately the leaker has made the dreadful mistake of turning to the western corporate media to publicise the results. In consequence the first major story, published today by the Griduannia, is all about Vladimir Putin and a cellist on the fiddle. As it happens, I believe the story, and I have no doubt that Putin is bent. But why focus on Russia? Russian wealth is only a tiny minority of the money hidden away with the aid of Mossack Fonseca. In fact, it soon becomes obvious that the selective reporting is going to stink. The Suddeutsche Zeitung, which received the leak, gives a detailed explanation of the methodology the corporate media used to search the files. The main search they have done is for names associated with breaking UN sanctions regimes. The Gradunani reports this too, and helpfully lists those countries as Zimbabwe, North Korea, Russia and Syria. The filtering of this Mossack Fonseca information by the corporate media follows a direct western governmental agenda. There is no mention at all of use of Mossack Fonseca by massive western corporations or western billionaires, the main customers (Let’s be fair and exclude consideration of the ethnicity of Messrs Mossack & Fonseca themselves, shall we? – RB). And the Grandunai is quick to reassure that “much of the leaked material will remain private.” What do you expect? The leak is being managed by the grandly but laughably-named “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists,” which is funded and organised entirely by Pindostan’s Center for Public Integrity. Their funders include but are not limited to Ford Foundation, Carnegie Endowment, Rockefeller Family Fund, W K Kellogg Foundation and Open Society Foundation (Soros). Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism. The dirty secrets of western corporations will remain unpublished. Expect hits at Russia, Iran and Syria and some tiny “balancing” western country like Iceland. One or two superannuated Limey peers will be sacrificed, preferably already with dementia. The corporate media, ie the Grandauni and the Beeb, have exclusive access to the database which you and I cannot see. They are protecting themselves from even seeing western corporations’ sensitive information, by only looking at those documents which are brought up by specific searches such as UN sanctions-busters. Never forget the Gundiara smashed its copies of the Snowden files, on the instruction of MI6. What if they did Mossack Fonseca database searches on the owners of all the corporate media and their companies, and all the editors and senior corporate media journalists? What if they did Mossack Fonseca searches on all the most senior people at the BBC? What if they did Mossack Fonseca searches on every donor to the Center for Public Integrity and their companies? What if they did Mossack Fonseca searches on every listed company in the western stock exchanges, and on every western millionaire they could trace? That would be much more interesting. I know Russia and China are corrupt, you don’t have to tell me that. What if you look at things that we might, here in the west, be able to rise up and do something about? And what if you corporate lapdogs let the people see the actual data?