Swiss banking whistleblower claims the CIA behind the Panama Papers

3320C6E500000578-0-image-a-4_1460533703665{By Darren Boyle for MailOnline} – A whistleblower who exposed mass tax fraud involving Swiss banks and US citizens has claimed the CIA is behind the Panama Papers leak.

Bradley Birkenfeld, who served 30 months in prison, but received more than $100 million for US tax authorities revealed the extent of tax fraud at the heart of the Swiss banking industry in 2008.

Commenting on the Panama Papers scandal, he said he did not believe a single whistleblower like himself was behind the disclosure of 11 million documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca and instead suggested the intelligence services were responsible.

In an interview with CNBC from Munich, Birkenfield  said: ‘The CIA I’m sure is behind this, in my opinion.’

He claimed many of the names included on the list were from countries with difficult relationships with the United States.

He said: ‘The very fact that we see all these names surface that are the direct quote-unquote enemies of the United States, Russia, China, Pakistan, Argentina and we don’t see one U.S. name. Why is that? Quite frankly, my feeling is that this is certainly an intelligence agency operation. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.