By Bess Levin
Apr 14, 2016 at 5:02 PM
Look, you can investigate the source of the leak all you want, but ole Vlad’s already cracked this one: this thing was, quite obviously, the work of Lloyd Blankfein’s men, working at the behest of the U.S. government, in an attempt to sully Putin’s good name. Try a little hard to cover your tracks next time.
Putin Sees U.S., Goldman Sachs Behind Leak of Panama Papers [Bloomberg]President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that information in the Panama Papers implicating people in his inner circle to offshore transactions was accurate, but dismissed the leak — which he tied to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. — as part of U.S. efforts to influence Russia’s upcoming elections…The Russian president, a former KGB officer who has called the Internet a “CIA project,” said Goldman Sachs owns the parent of the German newspaper that received leaked files from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, is owned by a Munich publishing family and a German media group that has no corporate affiliations to Goldman Sachs, according to a statement from Stefan Hilscher, the managing director of the paper. The U.S. bank declined to comment.