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Iceland: WikiLeaks spokesperson advocates public access to Panama Papers01:05

Iceland: WikiLeaks spokesperson advocates public access to Panama Papers

Iceland, Reykjavik
April 6, 2016 at 12:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Speaking from Reykjavik to RT host Afshin Rattansi on Wednesday, journalist and spokesperson for the WikiLeaks organisation Kristinn Hrafnsson advocated general public access to the so-called 'Panama Papers.'

Hrafnsson said that, while he has sympathy for "stalled releases," the aim should be for all the information to be accessible to the general public in the future. He explained, "I do have an understanding that they can delay it for a certain time to maximise the impact. But, in the end, it should be available to the general public. That's the new way, that's the way that WikiLeaks has presented, and it is highly appreciated by the general public."

Known as the 'Panama Papers,' the leak includes a large amount of data exposing widespread international corruption. According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, the data "provides rare insights into a world that can only exist in the shadows. It proves how a global industry led by major banks, legal firms, and asset management companies secretly manages the estates of the world's rich and famous: from politicians, FIFA officials, fraudsters and drug smugglers, to celebrities and professional athletes."

The data provided in the leak centres around the activities of Mossack Fonseca over a period from the 1970s until spring 2016. There is believed to be an estimated 11.5 million documents in the Panama Papers, making it the largest leak of its kind. The information provided in the leak purportedly exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders as well as unveiling data on the financial activities of 128 other politicians and public officials from a number of countries.

Iceland: WikiLeaks spokesperson advocates public access to Panama Papers01:05
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Speaking from Reykjavik to RT host Afshin Rattansi on Wednesday, journalist and spokesperson for the WikiLeaks organisation Kristinn Hrafnsson advocated general public access to the so-called 'Panama Papers.'

Hrafnsson said that, while he has sympathy for "stalled releases," the aim should be for all the information to be accessible to the general public in the future. He explained, "I do have an understanding that they can delay it for a certain time to maximise the impact. But, in the end, it should be available to the general public. That's the new way, that's the way that WikiLeaks has presented, and it is highly appreciated by the general public."

Known as the 'Panama Papers,' the leak includes a large amount of data exposing widespread international corruption. According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, the data "provides rare insights into a world that can only exist in the shadows. It proves how a global industry led by major banks, legal firms, and asset management companies secretly manages the estates of the world's rich and famous: from politicians, FIFA officials, fraudsters and drug smugglers, to celebrities and professional athletes."

The data provided in the leak centres around the activities of Mossack Fonseca over a period from the 1970s until spring 2016. There is believed to be an estimated 11.5 million documents in the Panama Papers, making it the largest leak of its kind. The information provided in the leak purportedly exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders as well as unveiling data on the financial activities of 128 other politicians and public officials from a number of countries.

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