An investigative journalist’s scoop or further narratives from the “Troll Master”?


Once more Luke Harding, the punk plagiarist, bends credibility in an alleged scoop which turns out to be nothing more than a red herring. The Guardian has had a long running war of attrition against its own readers critical of their reporting of Putin and anything Russian. Enough to say that in the documents, dubbed “The Panama Papers”, which so far reveal links to 72 current or former heads of state, their investigative hack Harding can only see links to Putin. When there are, you guessed it, no links to Putin at all!

So much so that they find it necessary to include several disclaimers being wary that they may incur legal action considering this latest attempt to smear and discredit the President of Russia e.g. “It is not illegal to use offshore companies, but the layers of secrecy involved can make transactions suspicious”. All of which is clearly reminiscent of the kind of verbal gymnastics which were used to try to breathe some credibility into the discredited Owen Inquiry. So it’s no surprise that the Cobbler of Panama Harding was involved in that journalistic travesty and even managed to spin a rather underwhelming book from it.

The documents so far analysed, in reality show how, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax, although the company points out that it has never been charged with any criminal act and insists it has acted beyond reproach. Nothing surprising here then, where the ubber rich try to evade tax by keeping their booty well hidden.

Even the Daily Mail highlights the fact that among the British investors named in the documents was the late Ian Cameron, stockbroker and father of the prime minister. The paper says David Cameron will now come under “intense pressure” to abolish all the UK’s tax havens. Something of real importance that the “Troll Master” Harding completely misses. I mean the British public and even remaining Guardian readers, might be more interested in this tangible link rather than more paranoid spin from their resident spook. Other people named in the massive data release include,  Lord Ashcroft, Baroness Pamela Sharples and former Tory MP Michael Mates, but you’d have to look elsewhere to find out these facts. Whatever is going on at the Guardian these days one can only imagine, but it seems that their whole editorial credibility is now being run through the shredder for the sake of achieving some anti-Putin spin. Who is paying for this propaganda?

One current leader, Iceland’s prime minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, is facing calls to resign, the Guardian reports, over claims he hid millions of dollars of investments in his country’s banks behind an offshore company. However they think this actual link is secondary to the fanciful claims of Harding. The sole claim that President Putin’s name does not appear in any of the records, but that a “network of offshore deals and loans” have made members of his inner circles “fabulously wealthy”, seems to completely ignore the fact that there is a direct trail to the UK Prime Minister Cameron.

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