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Follow the money in this searchable Panama Papers database

Engadget Engadget 9/05/2016 Andrew Dalton
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Earlier today, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a database of 368,000 names tied to the Panama Papers leaks. According to the ICIJ, the database is "the largest ever release of information about offshore companies and the people behind them," and it removes the secrecy from some 214,000 offshore entities.

The database is still "a fraction" of the over 11.5 million files hacked from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm headquartered in Panama and known as a problem solver for people looking to cover the money trails behind their companies, trusts or charitable foundations.

While the database is expansive, laypeople will probably have a hard time finding major political players among the names of everyone involved. UK Prime Minister David Cameron, for example, admitted to owning shares in his father's offshore trust, but his name doesn't show up in a search. Likewise, Russian President Vladimir Putin moved a whopping $2 billion through banks and shadow companies, but is only implicated through his associates. Instead of simply blasting named and private information out on the Internet, the consortium says they are keeping the bulk of the documents confidential so they can "apply the rigor of journalism."

Regardless, the search tool does visualize the data, showing the direct connections between banks, corporations and their official owners. The portion of the data that has been made public can be searched here.

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

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