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  • Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze

    “Secrecy For Sale: Inside The Global Offshore Money Maze” is one of the largest and most complex cross-border investigative projects in journalism history. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists collaborated with 112 journalists in 58 countries in stripping away the biggest mystery associated with tax havens: the owners of anonymous “shell companies,” which are the tools of choice for money launderers, tax dodgers and other financial wrongdoers. The reporting was based on 2.5 million secret files related to 10 offshore centers. The files contain details on more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts and nearly 130,000 individuals and agents, in more than 170 countries and territories.
  • Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze (Offshore Leaks)

    Secrecy for Sale made front page news around the globe, including in the U.K., the United States, Switzerland, Germany, France, China, and Russia. Also known as the “Offshore Leaks” investigation, it sparked official investigations around Europe, Asia, Australia, and in North and South America, and several high-profile resignations. It prompted the French president to call for the eradication of tax havens, the UK prime minister to announce—alongside the U.S. President—that the two nations had agreed to “tackle the scourge of tax havens,” and EU officials to say it “transformed” tax politics in Europe. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, struck a blow for transparency against one of the world’s most important and contentious public issues—tax havens and the illicit flow of money around the globe.
  • Kuchma Approved Sale of Weapons System to Iraq

    An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Center for Public Integrity revealed that "Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma personally authorized the clandestine sale of $100 million worth of high technology anti-aircraft radar systems to Iraq on July 10, 2000, in violation of United Nations sanctions."
  • War on Error

    An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Center for Public Integrity reveals that "more than six months of live pictures from U.S. aerial spy missions had been broadcast in real time to viewers throughout Europe and the Balkans. The spy flights, conduct by U.S. Army and Navy units and AirScan Inc, a Florida-based private military company, were used to monitor terrorist and smugglers trying to cross borders. The broadcasts were not encrypted, meaning that anyone in the region with a normal satellite TC receiver could spy on U.S. surveillance operations as they happened. Live pictures from the spy planes had been transmitted over the Internet by satellite enthusiasts. The stories pointed to a major security lapse at a time when questions were being asked about intelligence failures prior to September 11, 2001.
  • Tobacco Companies Linked to Criminal Organizations in Lucrative Cigarette Smuggling

    This nine-part investigative report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, reveals "how Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and British American Tobacco became enmeshed with organized crime worldwide as they fought to expand markets and increase profits through cigarette smuggling." While corporate officials were pleading ignorance in explaining how one-third of the world's exported cigarettes end up on the black market they were in fact working closely with companies and officials directly connected to organized crime in the United States, Canada, Italy, China, Taiwan and other countries, the investigation reports.
  • U.S. Military Aid to Latin America Linked to Human Rights abuses

    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists at the Center for Public Integrity investigates the involvement of the United States in "the biggest guerilla war since Vietnam." The 35,000-word story reveals that "hundred of American troops, spies and civilian contract employees are on the ground in Colombia and neighboring lands, helping to coordinate a $1.3 billion counterdrug program that will probably continue for many years." The reporters finds evidence that the American military aid to Colombia, Peru and Mexico has been implicated in human rights abuses. The team analyses the significance of U.S. economic interests in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico, and looks specifically at the American oil and trade interests as a key factor in the so-called "Colombia plan," another name for the drug war in Colombia.
  • Arrested Italian cell sheds light on Bin Laden;s network

    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, reveals that month before Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the Italian police arrested men now believed to be al Qaeda operatives. Based on the findings in a 100-page secret report by Italian investigators, the article tells "a stunning story of cooperation among suspected Bin Laden cells across Europe ... and previously unknown connections among alleged Bin Laden loyalists in Italy, Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and France."
  • CIA Gave at Least $10 Million to Peru's ex-Spymaster Montesinos

    Angel Paez, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists links the U.S. government to Vladimiro Montesinos, a "corrupt advisor to former Peruvian President Fujimori, who stands accused of human rights abuses and murder. Not only did the story confirm a long-suspected belief that there was a relationship between the two offices, but it also affirmed that even though U.S. authorities knew about Montesinos' corrupt ways, they were willing to support him financially (with at least $1 million a year) in order to have Peru as an ally in the drug war. All the while, Montesinos was buying weapons from Jordan and selling them to the very Colombia guerrillas the United States was at war with."