Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Managed ‘leak’ targets Western foes, soft peddles right-wingers and American lackeys

The world has experienced leaks like the so-called “Panama Papers” before. A consortium of global corporate media entities are cherry-picking information from a purported leak of 11 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The list was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), an NGO financially supported by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations and the Central Intelligence Agency-directed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The corporate media is playing up the connections of various off-shore tax-dodging contrivances and money laundering vehicles to a collection of world leaders. Instead of focusing on leaders who have direct connections to money laundering and tax evasion, the ICIJ, as is their usual method, is drawing “guilt by association” links to specific leaders. Not surprisingly, the chief target is Soros’s and the CIA’s number one foe—Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rather than concentrate on direct links to such neoconservative darlings as Argentina’s new fascist-friendly president and Barack Obama’s best new friend Mauricio Macri, the ICIJ and its corporate journalists pals are claiming that the Panama Papers actually indict Putin because one of his old friends from St. Petersburg, cellist Sergei Rodulgin, is named in the leaked documents as a client of Mossack Fonseca. CBS News, the BBC, Newsweek, and other outlets led their reports on the Panama Papers by naming the culprits as “Putin and other world leaders.” No mention was made of Rodulgin because, as Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov maintained, the chief target of the “Putinophobic” ICIJ, Soros, and USAID was Putin and not friends from his past. Peskov also rightly stated that ICIJ has links to the U.S. government.

And, of course, the ICIJ, Soros, and USAID could not help themselves from linking, again indirectly, Mossack Fonseca to the impeachment charges against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the investigation of her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Also hyped by ICIJ and their co-conspirators Soros and USAID are fuzzy indirect links to Syrian President Bashar al Assad and the late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in the Panama Papers.

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