Brace yourself for a Panama Papers orgy

It’s all going to be on come Tuesday, but the Media Party is getting lots of leaks and previews

The Panama Papers leaker has gone public, singling out New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Calling themself “John Doe”, the person behind the biggest leak or hack of all time has released an 1800 word statement.

They refer to “issues that need fixing”, and say: “Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand has been curiously quiet about his country’s role in enabling the financial fraud Mecca that is the Cook Islands.”

The statement refers to just one international leader – Mr Key.

It does not include any details of direct personal involvement by Mr Key.

Titled “The Revolution Will Be Digitized” the statement gives justification for the leak, saying that “income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time” and says that government authorities need to do more to address it.

The leak is mostly believed to be a hack.

“John Doe” says that there is no link with any international spy agency and offers to cooperate with the relevant authorities.

Hackers and anarchists are busy trying to influence through crime and intimidation.  And the Media are of course happy to help out.  Here’s the last part of “John Doe”‘s essay:  

The collective impact of these failures has been a complete erosion of ethical standards, ultimately leading to a novel system we still call Capitalism, but which is tantamount to economic slavery. In this system—our system—the slaves are unaware both of their status and of their masters, who exist in a world apart where the intangible shackles are carefully hidden amongst reams of unreachable legalese. The horrific magnitude of detriment to the world should shock us all awake. But when it takes a whistleblower to sound the alarm, it is cause for even greater concern. It signals that democracy’s checks and balances have all failed, that the breakdown is systemic, and that severe instability could be just around the corner. So now is the time for real action, and that starts with asking questions.

Historians can easily recount how issues involving taxation and imbalances of power have led to revolutions in ages past. Then, military might was necessary to subjugate peoples, whereas now, curtailing information access is just as effective or more so, since the act is often invisible. Yet we live in a time of inexpensive, limitless digital storage and fast internet connections that transcend national boundaries. It doesn’t take much to connect the dots: from start to finish, inception to global media distribution, the next revolution will be digitized.

Or perhaps it has already begun.

In short, “the people”, that’s you and I, are now expected to rise up against our leaders for having systematically cheated us all out of a high quality of life.

The focus is on John Key.   Hager, Labour and the media are climbing over each other to hang it all on him.

Problem remains that the laws that allow these foreign trusts were introduced by Labour, been in place for 30 years, are tax neutral to New Zealand taxpayers, were not repealed by Labour during their last stint in government, and John Key has not changed them.

That won’t stop the collective pack from going mental.

 

– Patrick Gower, Newshib

 


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  • Not Clinically Insane

    I’m also curious as to how Key is personally responsible for the affairs of the Cook Islands….

    • Michelle

      According to them he is personally responsible for everything that happens

      l just heard on the news where protesters are going to gather at Aotea Square and protest about TPP and call for John Key to resign

      l was talking to a few people last night at the local and they were all saying JK is the best thing for this country and some of them are benes
      They see the opposition as dangerous and should not be anywhere near holding power over us

      • Elmwood

        I would guess the majority of the population would agree with you. Certainly my discussions with people return the same results. I just shake my head at the media. They continue to make a lot of very damaging noise about National and John Key. I have to admit I just don’t understand.

      • Sally

        Protest only 30 bothered to turn up! Complete non event.

  • Sticktotheknitting

    This John Doe is a deluded individual. I am so sick of it all Panama Papers the lot. I wish they’d leave John Key out of it. None of them have realized what is in store for NZ if he ever gets tired of the whole insane mess.

    • one for the road

      This John Doe (a phrase normally used for a dead person they cannot yet identify, very apt in this case) is a another of the types that hides behind a mask.. Aka Anonymous

  • Davey

    This preamble just reeks of desperation. Joe public is going to see this exactly for what it is… Just another meaningless beat up.

  • cows4me

    Isn’t it marvelous how those that scream wrongdoing, criminality and anarchy used the same methods to further their own cause . Quite frankly I tier of both sides, none of them should throw rocks.

  • sandalwood789

    Nothing new here. It’s the same old “wah, wah wah, woe is me, the world owes me a living” nonsense from the left.

    The vast majority of so-called “inequality” is caused by poor people themselves. Having too many children that they can’t afford to feed. Spending money on booze, smokes and gambling. The *only* thing that Key could do to change that would be to axe welfare completely (so that the no-hopers are *forced* to get a job or they’ll starve).

  • JohnO

    NZ has one of the lowest “gini coefficients” in the world. We are in the top 5 for lowest income disparity in the world. These statistics that say 40% of the worlds wealth is owned by the top 1% of the worlds income earners are really impressive until you find that NZ $51,000 pa or more puts you into the top 1% of income earners in the world.

  • sheppy

    This smells like the Internet Party “lets change the government so KDC won’t be extradited” / vote positive / dirty politics V2.0
    Is this another “anonymous” attempt to allow KDC to stay in NZ?

  • Michelle

    l just realized that John Key has power over the whole world according to this deluded lot

    • Effluent

      Of course he does, he’s a member of the internationalist Zionist bankster conspiracy, the Bilderberg group, the iIluminati, the masons, and no doubt the Taumaranui ladies underwater tiddlywinks circle as well….

      • Metricman

        Surely he must also be a secret member of the Death Eaters, and “he who should not be named” is giving him special instructions on world domination over us poor unsuspecting Muggles. Well the rest is just fantasy, why not crank it up a bit.

      • Doc45

        Excuse me, Effluent. The Taumaranui Ladies Underwear Tiddlywinks Circle has long since updated to the Taumaranui Transgender, Ladies and Mens Underwear Tiddlywinks Circle. You city folk are so behind.

        • Aucky

          ‘Circle’? Don’t you mean ‘Coalition’? And you forgot to squeeze in ‘Aotearoa’ somewhere.

          • Doc45

            I unreservedly apologise to you Aucky and to all WO readers, staff, advisers, consultants for what was an unforgiveable omission. I will voluntarily take up a course in Race Relations and Te Reo

    • OneTrack

      They have one of the severest cases of KDS we have ever seen.

  • Jonathon Stone

    Criminal hacking masquerading as public interest.. check
    Sensationalist headline by compliant MSM… check
    Labour wetting themselves with excitement despite being “uninvolved”… check.
    Inconvenient facts ignored… check

    Just more dirty politics aka politics from those who claim to be “holier than thou”.
    Is it any wonder people have switched off?

  • Sally

    Oh great, socialist anarchy. It is like new age Animal Farm 2016.

  • Murray Pratt

    NZ is one of world’s least corrupt countries yet JK has been the target. Hackers, whoops I mean Hagers sticky fingers are all over this.

  • Karma

    Labour is nothing more than a party of tattletalers and snitches.

  • rexabus

    It’ll all be alright, Andrew Little and all the Labor and Greens MPs have volunteered to take a pay cut and work for the living wage of $19.25 an hour so the Balance can be redistributed among the sugar-addicted poor in their mouldy homes. Quite rightly, these champions of the poor couldn’t sleep straight in bed at night knowing there are people out there suffering in poverty while they draw their whopping remuneration courtesy of the taxpayers of NZ

    • Rick H

      Most of whom had never been elected by the public in the first place.
      Basically, all a bunch of List Troughers. – enabled by the stupid MMP.

  • Cadwallader

    Hasn’t the revolution already commenced? The people are rising all right: against the bigotry of the self-serving msm, against the squalid dribblings of the Labour Party and the idiotic outdated marxism of the Greenies.

  • Jackie

    Every time I hear the words “income inequality” my radar shoots up……if we ever have this so called income equality (assuming it means we all receive a UBI or similar nonsense) that they are espousing then we have also created a severity in input inequality and yet this lot claim they want this economic slavery that they see banished by making everyone a slave…..am I missing something here?

    • MarcWills

      They could leave and join the “perfect” examples of income equality – best displayed in Venezuela or North Korea. Didn’t think so… suddenly NZ isn’t so bad after all.

      • OneTrack

        Hear, hear. For some reason, these closet communsts can never quite take that obvious step and leave the neo-liberal, capitalist hell-hole that is New Zealand and move their family to embrace the equality(tm) of Venezuela or Sweden. Maybe they really don’t think NZ is as bad as they are trying to make out.

        • Intrigued

          People like that don’t ever acknowledge the value of what they have. Most people whinging about inequality fail to take responsibility for themselves and like to blame those wealthier or more successful for their failings. That, or they’re so mired in their ideological socialist utopia and can’t see that socialist “utopia” is an impossibility.

    • kayaker

      At the moment, I have no income (because redundancy), but can never bring myself to think inequality. Quite the contrary – I’m thinking aspiration, what’s next?

      • EpochNZ

        I’m in exactly the same boat with exactly the same mentality (Went to look at a place last week to house my new business!).

        A friend once said he just couldnt get past the New Zealand psyche. He said if Americans see someone driving a flash car, they say “How can I get that for myself?”. If New Zealanders see it, they think “What a W***!, how can I drop him down a peg or two?”.

      • Left Right Out

        And just what is income inequality…… in 2011 I left a good paying job because, will, I ended up hating it (although I loved what I did)

        I now have crafted out a new business for myself. I’ve never done this before but are loving every single moment…. oh, and it pays me 1/2 as much as what I was getting…… but I am far happy and that is the balance I have been looking for.

        I love what I am creating, the time I am having with my family and the satisfaction I am achieving,….. even those I have less money…..

        I have no idea what income inequality is… nor do I care……. I have great life balance

    • Dog Breath

      Equality is a strange term. I am middle NZ and have been for most of my adult life. I have achieved some wonderful things and have done all the things I have ever wanted to do. I have a modest life and love it. So do I care that Bill Gates has billions or that some Mexican has billions the answer is no could not care less, why because I have no desire to take away any of their money in the name of equality I already have enough for what I want to do with my life. Even when I was down to 42 cents in the bank I did not look to equality as a means to improve my lot I simply got stuck in and made things happen to improve my lot.
      However if the question is about fairness in terms of paying your way that is a different question, I pay tax heaps of it and I would be gutted to find that those much wealthier than I are paying less tax than I. That would be unfair and if found to be true that needs to be addressed but if people have legimately become rich and are paying their way in the world then good on them.

  • one for the road

    “Problem remains that the laws that allow these foreign trusts were introduced by Labour, been in place for 30 years, are tax neutral to New Zealand taxpayers, were not repealed by Labour during their last stint in government, and John Key has not changed them.”..

    This is the most relevant and factual part of this whole story.. can someone please tell the MSM and broadcast this information….

  • kayaker

    Robbo, the sad case, is gloating on Twitter.

    • rexabus

      Our future prime hahahaha our future prime minister hahahahaha

      • kayaker

        Nooooooo!!

  • Intrigued

    This “essay” reads like a Hager lecture! I wonder if he wrote or edited it?

    • Oskar

      His fingerprints are all over it – see his own blog where he says he has been working on this for 15 months. I bet he was scouring it for any reference to John Key. And there is still time for him to do a book to be published next year before the election. http://pundit.co.nz/content/how-do-you-make-sense-of-more-than-a-million-leaked-documents

      • Intrigued

        That link you’ve posted is worth reading.

        Hager writes: “I had many early morning or late night skypes or phone calls with good people in different parts of the world, inviting them into the project and then working with them as they researched their own country. I covered Africa, the Middle East, quite a lot of Asia and some of Europe, while two other people managed other regions.

        The project could never have worked without the efforts of dozens of people. Just here in New Zealand:

        some journalist friends helped to research areas of the world where we couldn’t find local help
        one friend spent many hours identifying offshore companies working in poor countries
        a journalism intern working with me for six months worked her way successfully through a series of Asian countries
        and another local journalism student helped with British data.
        I even had a family member happily digging away on seven or eight of the African countries.

        After a year of work, with so many people helping, most of the stories hidden in the leaked data are still there, waiting for more investigation.”

        That’s a lot of work.

        One question: who is funding all of this work?

        • biscuit barrel

          You havent read the date. It was 3 years ago.

          APRIL 09, 2013

          Its a silly mistake, which we all do sometimes, but its been mentioned on here a few times. Was a different leak…yes … we dont remember it either..

  • McGrath

    So we have Dirty Politics 2.0 where the country’s media will drown us with this to the point where we don’t care. Thus resulting in the following
    1.) National’s ratings will remain unchanged or will actually increase
    2.) The left further cement their reputation as the party of negativity and gloom
    3.) Another term for National

    Just like Dirty Politics 1.0

  • Left Right Out

    I made a fatal mistake this morning…. I posted on this on social media… I should have learn’t by now.

    Seems people are very happy for other peoples details to be hacked/leaked as it’s apparently “in the publics interest”….. ah huh… wonder if they would say the same if info on their benefits were released etc…. as a tax payer I find that in the publics interest.

    Anyways, Hagar will be beside himself…. working overtime to connect the dots….

    • spanishbride

      Penny Bright has been having kittens and blubbing about her privacy since we revealed her activities on WO. This is despite the fact that she posted a video on Youtube of her cutting through a council placed lock in order to turn her water back on with the stated intention of teaching others how to break the law.

      When it was Cameron’s privacy that was the issue after he was hacked she thought that it was a great joke.Funny how it is only in the public interest when it is not her privacy at stake.

      • Michelle

        yes it always amazes me how they love trawling through other peoples private stuff but woe betide anyone looking at their stuff

      • Left Right Out

        Exactly SB. I just don’t understand the double standard these people have. You can bet your bottom dollar that if their PC was hacked or their banked details hacked and released they cry blue murder, just look at the sony hack…. Yet if it’s happening to someone they don’t like, it’s in the publics interest.

        Recently my credit card details were stolen and used in Europe after I bought something online in the US from a major online retailer…. It creeped me right out

  • The Fat Man

    So in short both Labour and National are neck deep in it.

    The official line is that it is TAX neutral for NZ, but is it really.

    How many High net worth individuals or corporations are using this or similar international trust mechanisms to remain anonymous. The answer is we really do not know.

    So why are we not doing our part to ensure that we are not being used. Why are other Countries not lobbying for change.

    The answer is and always was simple. Do what they did with NZ shell companies require a NZ or OZ based Director.

    So why have we not done so????

  • Andy Garner

    The stupidity of the media should cease to amaze me but it doesn’t. Yahoo! NZ have a ‘breaking’ news story saying John is named by the “Panama Leaker”, but only in an 1800 page ‘manifesto’. Apparently he is the ONLY world leader named. This stinks to high heaven, but will hopefully be exposed for the complete load of trash it is…

    • Crowgirl

      If this doesn’t have a Fat German involved in it somewhere I’ll eat my hat, and I’m not even wearing one.

      • Melissa

        Nicky Hager perhaps? he loves this hacked stuff.
        Sorry Intrigued, just saw your post. We obviously think alike!
        Edit; added last sentence

        • Crowgirl

          Him too but he’s more open about trawling through the muck and working with criminals.

        • spanishbride

          I hear his next book is almost ready. I wonder what he will call it.? Perhaps…
          ‘John Key is crooked or I will eat my Panama hat.’

  • David Moore

    If this guy had any actual evidence on John Key he would have used it. The ICIJ has spent a year with the leaked data and have exactly zip.

  • Crowgirl

    Is this really John Doe’s manifesto or is it just the screenplay to “The Matrix” repurposed?

    Whatever it is it sounds like a lot of trouble to go to to “get” John Key when you could just come up with DECENT WORKABLE POLICIES AND A REASON FOR US TO VOTE FOR YOU.

  • pirate vs ninja

    The biggest current problem isn’t income inequality, it’s effort inequality. You want it, you’ve gotta do the hard yards to earn it.

  • Curly1952

    Bring it on I say. There is going to be a lot of spit and wind and no substance. I reckon the only thing JK will be annoyed at is that it is detracting from the excellent work his government are doing for ALL New Zealanders

    • Melissa

      Perhaps we should organise a pro JK rally, I’m getting heartily sick of tthese continued attacks.

  • Jude

    I am sick to death of the left and MSM crying wolf.
    This is getting just plain boring.

  • Cadae

    ” ultimately leading to a novel system we still call Capitalism, but which is tantamount to economic slavery”.
    Ironically, those using tax havens are attempting to avoid the actual economic slavery of taxation. Taxation is demand for money with government-backed menaces -and that makes taxation legalized economic slavery. “John Doe’s” goal of economic ‘equality’ can only be achieved through overwhelming economic slavery.
    i.e. “John Doe” is an idiot.

  • Catriona

    Robbo salivating in anticipation of Tuesday then. I work with a stupid individual who thinks she knows the TTPA doc inside out. When pressed if she’s read the entire 13,000 pages that puts in her place. So the same stupid people think this is gonna hang JK. I think not. Maybe Dotcom’s behind the scenes hacking away?

  • Curly1952

    I have worked out the reason these wombles don’t like the rich – Rich people create jobs and the more wealth around the more jobs there will be BUT the Welfare Warriors don’t won’t to work, they want their free handouts. That my friends is why the rich pricks, Littles words, l are despised by the left.

    • David Moore

      If people have jobs and rewards from the neo-liberal system then the glorious day of revolution is impossible. To bring about the revolution, they need to stop people benefiting from the current system.

      Rich people don;t create jobs as such BTW, but jobs are created in them getting rich. And having rich people around encourages others to create jobs on the road to joining them.

  • Iva b ginn

    Oh God!! I don’t think I can watch the news for the next week, We’ll have Gobby Gower & Commi Dann dripping with saliva all over the studio floor joining the dots and expounding the hypocrisy of it all. And its all JKs fault.

    • biscuit barrel

      Next week it will be documents and emails, dont think its JK but a few kiwi Richlisters will have IRD on their tail for the next 5 years

      • Sagacious Blonde

        I hope you are right.
        A lot of those scions and captains of industry did people over in the 80’s; be nice to think their day has finally come.

  • Greg M

    I’m starting to smell a rat here big time. These crusaders would have us believe that of all the worlds dodgy businessmen, corrupt (usually socialist) country leaders and heads of state, oligarchs and other sundry rich pricks, the PM of New Zealand deserves to be singled out for special mention ?
    Something doesn’t add up here, perhaps the hacker is a bit closer to home than what they are letting on ?

    • MaryLou

      Yes. Early days, but is beginning to have a real “Moment of Truth” feel. PM’s response here:

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/303258/key-responds-to-panama-papers-source

      Early days, and Tuesday yet to come, but I’m happy with it for now…

      • Melissa

        Couldn’t be any clearer, so what the heck are the opposition and media salivating over! God they all make me want to vomit!

    • David Moore

      Striking that given most of those actually named in the documents are actually quite powerful, i.e. Putin etc and yet the only one he managed to name in his tirade is the NZ PM. Not to mention it’s a boiler plate, anti-neo-lib pile of mush you could find on any of hundreds of thousands of leftish leaning blogs/websites/books.

    • Left Right Out

      Do we have a raw shark in our midst

      • Greg M

        My gut feeling is that the hacker could be, but not necessarily local, but that the paymaster is local. And once again Hager and the Labour party are donkey deep in it. Deja vu anyone ?

        • JC

          Hager mentioned he was involved with a big expose some time ago.. went to NY to give advice on it I seem to recall..

          JC

  • JEL51

    “…is tantamount to economic slavery…” Funny how I as an economic slave, seem to have a better grasp and sense of worth than this deluded writer who seems to be out to undermine a system that has given more to most than any other system, including the Marxist theory he no doubt holds close to his heart. I sincerely hope the writer is allowed no where near our kids with their melleable minds. That would be just too scary for words.

  • Sagacious Blonde

    Cook Islands shell companies were very much in vogue in Labour’s Rogernomics days. Anyone who fancied themselves as a player was part of a Movie or Thoroughbred Partnership. There were $7.00 of tax credit for every $1 paid. Fortunes were easily made, and lost.
    Nothing in the Panama Papers that hasn’t been sanctioned by Labour in the past.

    • Left Right Out

      You can bet weasel sorry Hagar and the reds have been prepping on how they can spin it

      • WBC

        And probably ensuring their trusts magically move to another part of the World before they publish. Havana is starting to look promising.

  • Des

    “complete erosion of ethical standards” but I’m gonna steal your private data and smear you on heresay by connecting the dots…

  • Bluemanning

    Well that John Key certainly has a lot of power as PM of a country of under 5 million population! How can any reasonable person take this ‘join the dots’ rubbish seriously; reminiscent of the bygone 7pm show on tv 3.

  • WBC

    The thing I don’t understand is why a balanced and prosperous New Zealand is such a threat. We’ve had all the spying, defrauding and anti West crowd (John Doe, Snowden etc, read Left Wing Heroes) attacking John Key, the leader of a little South Pacific Nation…

    Is it because it is one of the few Nations where our laws allow such freedoms? Freedoms they say they are fighting for while living in places like Russia?

    It surely can’t be to support the Labour Party, I doubt even China would come too close to them.

    So what is the reason? It’s perplexing.

  • It’s what the left are good at I guess. Strap in. More coming.

  • Michelle

    l saw a post on FB on the party announcement about saving the birds and below was one of the replies

    “When John Key is the only political leader named in fresh info on the Panama Papers released today and global media report about it… National posts a pretty picture of a kea on their fb.”

    Just been looking at all the global media and not a word about NZ or JK

    Below are some of the things being said on TM

    “How can anyone call John Key right wing. What he has been good at is attracting the money into NZ. If Little was PM and the inflow of money stopped we would see some real squealing from the left.”

    “The question on my mind is “Are we seeing John Key have his Richard Nixon moment?”

    “I am not a liar” just won’t be enough to save teflon John if this develops further.

    Is this why John Key is in such a hurry to pass the TPPA into law?”

    Love this one below sums this latest hit up perfectly

    “The left throws it at the fan, the fan buries them.

    Now they’re trying to make out Key has reposnsibility for Cook Islands tax law.

    Yet another massive fizzer from the incompetent far-left.”

    • Crowgirl

      There’s nary a mention of anything to do with Panama or John Key here in Canada. It’s all about the real problems we face, like massive out-of-control wildfires and hordes of evacuees, as it should be.

      It will be interesting to see if that changes here on Tuesday because the media were all over the Panama thing at the time, but if the fire continues, Panama won’t even be a blip on the radar.

      You might see it in the Guardian, at most, and it will probably be written up there for consumption by Hager or some other leftist plonker.

      • Michelle

        Those fires are scary they have a life of their own and l hope they can get them under control soon
        It is mind boggling how big they are

        l will stick to not watching the news for a week or two as it is going to be wall to wall Panama papers over here

  • David Moore

    Curious…

    Verso Books is to publish Dirty Secrets, an “explosive” new book from tax expert Richard Murphy, following the revelations from the Panama Papers.

    http://www.thebookseller.com/news/tax-expert-verso-328466

    Murphy is a UK based blogger who claims to be tax expert and just about everything he has ever written is either completely wrong, loony, or both.

    Mate of Hager?

  • Warren

    Jk should just kick Nz for touch. Take his family to Hawaii and lets us all be ruled by nutters like Little, Peters,Shaw, and the hackers and lairs like Hager. I really don,t know why he bothers sticking round with all the B S . And the media , obviously they want NZ to go to hell in a hand basket. It beggers believe.

  • Warren

    Why is this Rawshark AH so protected. A person that has hacked personal information sold it on to another AH to make personal gain and try and bring down a Government. It is never ending, these AHs just keep rolling on unebated. They will get there way and we as a country will suffer.

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