A new app created by Eighty20 reveals South African addresses listed – and potentially implicated – within the leaked Panama Papers.
Earlier this year in April, a massive leak of 11.5 million documents revealed the secret offshore deals of around 140 political figures, celebrities, and world leaders. Now, a new database and map created by Eighty20, a Cape Town-based analytics consultancy firm, reveals South African addresses listed within the Panama Papers.
The Panama Papers saw a joint investigation by over 100 media groups ““ potentially one of the largest investigations in history ““ and shows the secret dealings of celebrities such as Lionel Messi, political aides to Vladimir Putin, and even South African President Jacob Zuma‘s nephew, Khulubuse Zuma. Read: Massive #PanamaLeaks reveals secret offshore deals of world leaders
The leaked documents, which stem from Mossack Fonseca ““ a Panama-based law firm with offices in more than 35 countries ““ detail transactional histories from over 140 prominent world leaders and celebrities. According to the ICIJ ““ the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ““ the documents reveal that “œbanks, law firms, and other offshore players often fail to follow legal requirements to make sure clients are not involved in criminal enterprises, tax dodging or political corruption.“
Now, an app created by Eighty20 reveals South African addresses listed within the 11.5 million leaked documents, which show financial and attorney-client information for more than 214,000 offshore entities.
It is important to note, however, that no implication has been made that the current residents or owners of the listed addresses have participated in any illegal activities.
The map itself allows users to navigate to a listed address and see further addresses mentioned within the leaked documents up until a 10-kilometer radius; a legend depicts whether the address reflects the residence of an intermediary or shareholder. Read: Massive Anonymous hack leaks South African government data
What are your thoughts on Eighty20’s new map? Have you found any surprising addresses depicted? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
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