Several world leaders have denied wrongdoing after being included in one of the biggest leaks of financial documents from offshore companies.
The Pandora Papers investigation involved some 600 journalists of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) from a variety of global media outlets. It did not say how the files were obtained.
The leak included some 11.9 million files from 14 financial services companies around the globe such as Panama, Dubai, Monaco, Switzerland, and the Cayman Islands.
The leak exposed the secret offshore accounts of 35 world leaders, including current and former presidents, prime ministers, and heads of state as well as more than 100 billionaires, celebrities, rock stars, and business leaders. It also included more than 300 other public officials such as government ministers, judges, mayors, and military generals in more than 90 countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, King Abdullah of Jordan, and Czech prime minister Andrej Babis are three of the many politicians who have been included in the leak and have since issued statements denying any wrongdoing.
India and Pakistani officials have already announced that they will be conducting an investigation for individuals from their countries who have been included in the leak.
The U.S. State Department spokesman said that they are also reviewing the findings of the Pandora Papers but haven’t yet commented on the specifics.
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