Prominent Costa Rican Citizens Named In Massive New Panama Offshore Scandal.
This week we see the results of of a massive dump of data, a ‘Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption‘ “where millions of documents show heads of state, criminals and celebrities using secret hideaways in tax havens…”
Why am I suspicious of all of this?
- This information is being disseminated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) which is partly funded by the billionaire George Soros so it should be no surprise that the ICIJ takes an early focus on Soros’s arch enemy Vladimir Putin, when reporting on the details in the 11 million plus documents.
- Most of the foreign heads of state mentioned so far are considered enemies of the USA.
- So far I have been unable to find a single U.S. citizen mentioned although no doubt they will have to sacrifice one or two people later to make this look like a legitimate exposé. Considering the fact that the USA is listed as the fourth largest source for banks, law firms, company incorporators and other middlemen that set up companies, foundations and trusts for customers, this is extremely suspicious
- The anonymous source of this leak? “The source wanted neither financial compensation nor anything else in return, apart from a few security measures.” How noble of him/her to risk his life for this, eh? IMHO it’s probably the CIA or another one of the many ‘intelligence’ agencies.
- While the USA itself has become ‘The World’s Favorite New Tax Haven‘, it has always been very vocal, extremely aggressive and successful in shutting down ‘offshore tax havens.’
- Some people believe that: “A huge leak of documents that implicate government heads in the setting up of “shell” companies to harbor billions of dollars is set to cause upheaval on offshore hubs and shake up global political governance.”
- The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, requires financial firms globally to disclose foreign accounts held by U.S. citizens and report them to the IRS or face steep penalties. You may be surprised learn that while the US has forced many other countries to share the private financial information of US citizens living in foreign countries – including Costa Rica – with the tax authorities in the USA, the USA itself has NOT signed the same agreement that would force them to share financial information of these foreign citizens with their countries tax authorities.
- Not only that but CNN reports that: “In fact, a recent study by the Tax Justice Network found that the United States is the third-biggest offender in the world when it comes to facilitating financial secrecy and tax evasion. Due to lax requirements in Delaware, Nevada and a few other states, for example, it is far easier to set up an anonymous shell company in the United States than it is in well-known tax havens such as the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands.”
“In Delaware, for instance, you need to provide more information to obtain a library card than to start a company,” according to the Financial Transparency Coalition.
- “In fact, someone with a conspiratorial bent may decide that the dramatic takedown of the Panama “tax offshoring” industry was nothing more than a hit designed to crush the competition of US-based “tax haven” providers… such as Rothschild.”
It’s kind of like waterboarding torture, for example, although the Americans have sentenced people to death in the past for waterboarding, it’s OK and legal if the Americans or the British do it….
“We punished people with 15 years of hard labor when waterboarding was used against Americans in World War II,” Said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.)
In Time magazine Peter Atwater, a behavioral economist says that: “I expect that the populist backlash will be intense and will impact everything from high-end real estate to PACs (effectively political shell companies)… Voters are increasingly angry at the seeming transience of the financial/corporate/political elite. The 1% can move anywhere they want–and profit handsomely from the relocation, but the 99% can’t. Worse, the 99% are left with the aftermath–the empty buildings of a deserted Detroit, the toxic waste from chemical plants in West Virginia or the unsustainable tax liabilities of Puerto Rico.”
Costa Rican Citizens Also Named.
The following prominent Costa Rican citizens have been named:
A la hora de los nombres costarricenses, en los archivos de Mossack Fonseca aparecen políticos como el diputado de Partido Movimiento Libertario, Otto Guevara Guth; la ministra de Obras Públicas y Transportes durante la administración Arias Sánchez (2006-2010), Karla González Carvajal; el ministro de Hacienda de la administración Calderón Fournier (1990-1994), Gonzalo Fajardo; el exdirector de Tributación Directa, Adrián Torrelba Navas; la ex primera dama Dorís Yankelewitz; la exdiputada y exalcaldesa de Alajuela, Joyce Zurcher; el exdiputado y exdefensor de los Habitantes, Rodrigo Alberto Carazo; el periodista y exembajador de Costa Rica ante Naciones Unidas, Eduardo Ulibarri y el actual viceministro de Transportes, Sebastián Urbina Cañas.
También figuran en esos archivos la Ministra de Salud de la administración Arias Sánchez (2006-2010), María Luisa Ávila Agüero; el representante de Óscar Arias ante el directorio del PLN, Alfredo Ortuño Víctory; el tesorero de la campaña de Johnny Araya Monge, Orlando Guerrero Vargas; el banquero, ministro de Hacienda de la administración Rodríguez Echeverría (1998-2002) y presidente de la junta directiva del medio digital CRHoy, Leonel Baruch; el exministro de la Producción Alfredo Volio Escalante y el CEO de Florida Ice & Farm, Ramón Mendiola.
Los archivos del bufete panameño están colmados, además, de correos y gestiones para grandes empresarios y banqueros de Costa Rica como el presidente la Constructora Meco, Carlos Enrique Cerdas, el gerente general de Productos de Concreto y Holcim Costa Rica, Sergio Egloff y el banquero y expresidente de la UCCAEP, Emilio Bruce Jiménez; el banquero y ministro de Obras Públicas de la administración Pacheco de la Espriella (2002-2006), Javier Chaves Bolaños; el ex presidente la Confederación Costarricense de Fútbol, Hermes Navarro.
Los registros filtrados documentan también la participación en corporaciones, fideicomisos y sociedades en Islas Vírgenes Británicas, Bahamas y Panamá del presidente la junta directiva del Grupo Nación, Manuel Francisco Jiménez Echeverría; del ex presidente del Florida Ice & Farm y accionista relevante del Grupo Nación, Rodolfo Jiménez Borbón y del exmiembro del comité de vigilancia de Grupo Nación y viceministro de Hacienda durante la administración Pacheco de la Espriella (2002-2006), Carlos González Jiménez.
El caudal de documentos es elocuente al revelar los hilos de intercambio de correos electrónicos que permiten visualizar la evolución de las tareas que los abogados y funcionarios de Mossack Fonseca realizaban para sus clientes en Costa Rica.
El eje central de esos contactos entre los beneficiarios finales de estos servicios y la firma panameña, eran bufetes en Costa Rica como Facio y Cañas, Gonzalo Fajardo y Asociados, Zurcher Odio & Raven, el abogado y ministro de Seguridad durante la administración Figueres Olsen <1994-1998>, Juan Diego Castro y el Bufete Arias y Muñoz, entre otros.
According to former British Ambassador Craig Murray:
“The leak is being managed by the grandly but laughably named “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists”, which is funded and organised entirely by the USA’s Center for Public Integrity. Their funders include
Rockefeller Family Fund
W K Kellogg Foundation
Open Society Foundation (Soros)
among many others. 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. A superannuated UK peer or two will be sacrificed — someone already with dementia.
There is no mention at all of use of Mossack Fonseca by massive western corporations or western billionaires — the main customers. And the Guardian is quick to reassure that “much of the leaked material will remain private.”
“The corporate media — the Guardian and BBC in the UK — 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 Guardian smashed its copies of the Snowden files on the instruction of MI6.”
“How ironic–no, how perverse–that the USA, which has been so sanctimonious in its condemnation of Swiss banks, has become the banking secrecy jurisdiction du jour,” wrote Peter A. Cotorceanu, a lawyer at Anaford AG, a Zurich law firm, in a recent legal journal. “That ‘giant sucking sound’ you hear? It is the sound of money rushing to the USA.”
Bottom line? What should we expect?
IMHO this is little more than a war on privacy and we can expect stricter controls on the movement of our money internationally especially if we are transferring US dollars.
This will also be used as another reason why the New World Order’s (NWO) cashless society is the way to go because with a cashless society our owners will claim that this will A: Prevent money laundering, B: Eliminate fraud, corruption and tax evasion, C: It is ‘for your protection’ and most importantly D: It will finally give them complete and total control over us.
What do you think?
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Written by Scott Oliver, author of 1: How To Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa, 2: Costa Rica’s Guide To Making Money Offshore and 3. ¿Cómo Comprar Bienes Raíces en Costa Rica, Sin Perder Su Camisa?
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