Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Saturday, April 9, 2016

PANAMA PAPERS INFORMANT FIRST SOUGHT TO SELL THE INFORMATION IN PANAMA

Jahaira (photo chosen for privacy reasons)
The story of the informant (or informants) responsible for releasing the "Panama Papers" document to the global press is far more complex than the media is making it out to be. Mossack and Fonseca's description of the theft of the information, as a cyber-hack, is simply not true, as you know. Let's clear the air on the individuals known to be involved, especially since readers are now writing in, and asking me to identify the players.

First of all, the original informant, as previously detailed in this blog, was a receptionist at the Mossack law firm; she served as Ramón Fonseca's longtime mistress, and, of course, had access to the firm's email accounts. After the affair ended badly, she left the firm, taking with her a large number of emails and documents.

Thereafter, she attempted to vend her documents around Panama City, and did sell off small segments; this was back in 2008 and 2009, a fact that seems to have escaped most of the published stories purporting to report on the facts, which made it appear that this all occurred only one year ago. Some of her documents did find their way into the hands of US law enforcement agencies, leading to speculation that the information may have been responsible for subsequent indictments of narcotics traffickers, the demise of HSBC, and the departure of Citibank from Panama.

 Her name is Jahaira M., for those who are still curious,  though I have omitted her last name to spare her hundreds of hungry journalists appearing at her door tonight. The most recent action, regarding the documents, that I am aware of is a contact she had in Germany, which may explain the appearance of the documents first at Sueddeutsche Zeitung. She is believed to still reside in the Republic of Panama; That is why I chose a photo of her that preserves her privacy.

Second, the sources may consist of more than one cooperating individual; we have previously covered the matter of the married Panamanian couple, he a wealth management officer at Mossack and Fonseca, she a former compliance officer there. It is not know whether he is still working there, so it is best that both of these individuals remain anonymous for now. I have deleted part of their last name; Mr. & Mrs. San***z.

They were active in what I can only describe as Panama's extreme nightlife scene, where my investigators first had contact with them; this was after Jahaira was hawking her emails and documents. The couple were also selling confidential MF documents, and again some found their way into the hands of US law enforcement, which probably contributed to subsequent arrests.

Therefore, we cannot say for certain that any one individual is the sole confidential informant that leaked the documents we now refer to as the "Panama Papers."








17 comments:

  1. This is an amazing article to date. I have heard that Panama employees are not very ethical and honest and in fact very dishonest especially in cheating working hours and days. Keep up the good work Mr. Rijock

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    1. People like you -ignorant- make this world education look so bad, that aliens don't come and talk to us

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    2. I am honest, also Panamanian. Now go do some research on your own welfare and insurance cheaters in the US. You'll probably vote for Drumpf too. I can tell.

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    3. I am honest, also Panamanian. Now go do some research on your own welfare and insurance cheaters in the US. You'll probably vote for Drumpf too. I can tell.

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  2. You just don't dip your pen in the company's ink.

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  3. #MossackFonsec HR & administrative practices with their employees have not been the best. They paid minimun wage to a lot of workers. During 2014 they have massive layoffs. A lot of angry people there. In my opinion the theft of data came from a disgruntled employee

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  4. Jahaira resign in 2008 can you explain why you think she is? You´re talking 2014. I think your intel is very wrong.

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    1. Jahaira did not resign but boasted that she was dismissed. Companies hire staff in Panama but most Panamanians are lazy and do not want to work and prefer going to 'push buttons' and then go to a phoney clinic and obtain a slip giving them 5 days off. I do not blame the massive layoffs on companies but rather on the Panama Trash who do not want to work.

      Many companies and law firm do pay decent wages in Panama plus decimo, bonus, social security, sick pay for 20 days and each year 1 month of vacation plus all the holiday. Actually an individual really works only 8 months of the year.

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    2. I feel sick about how you refer to us Panamanians...I'm a Panamanian woman a qualified Engineer that works for a multinational company established in Panama. My office is full of educated hard-working Panamanians that do not do what you're implying all Panamanians do. I don't know who you are, where are you from or where do you live but I sure have something to tell you. Show RESPECT to us if you know what the word means.
      And just for the record, and for you to have the correct information, yes we have 30 calendar days of paid vacation and we have additional 14 Public Holidays during the year so if you can do math you'll see that we don't work 8 months per year. Before calling us trash try to be better informed.

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  5. Mr. Rijock, I am assuming that this Jahaira M. was stupid enough to contact you and of course disputes the facts. So now the complete corrupt economy is being blamed on other countries and the high employment in Panama. According to WikiLeaks, Mossack Fonseca were also involved in Financial Pacific.

    I follow your article and enjoy the information

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  6. So, my aunt send me this link for me to read it and see all the speculations and what nonsense people are talking regards the infamous miscalled "Panama Papers", but for my surprise when I started reading this low accurate conspiracy theory I scrolled down and decided to read the comments. For my surprise they were worst. I am a woman, Panamanian and a Lawyer. I graduated law school when I was 22 I have 2 master degrees, one I studied in Panama and the other one abroad. I've been working since I was 21, I am an Associate at an excellent law firm, I earn a more than decent salary plus a bonus and I am only 26 year old. I also have projects of my own, I am no geek, I love to travel, I am lucky enough to say that I have had the opportunity to travel to many places for my age, but when I read this ridicule article with this theory and the comments, oh my, the smart mouthed comments, I couldn’t stop doing something I don’t usually do: reply to ignorant people.
    FIRST. To the blogger, I would like to congratulate you, for having a blog in which you share your thoughts, “research”, and opinions with the world, please never stop giving it, but lay low with sensationalism. Express something that matter, express something that will leave a mark, express something that will change the world.
    SECOND. If Ramon Fonseca had a mistress and she resigned or sell documents, I don’t know what to make of her as a person. She is with a married guy, who has family, she used to have a decent work, and then decided to be a really unethical person and employee and sell the company’s private documents to the highest bidder. That’s very low. This is a crime. You don’t sell company documents. It is completely illegal if it’s even true that she did this.
    THIRD. This goes as well for the Mr. and Mrs.
    FOURTH: For all the people that made comments about Panamanian being lazy, cheaters with their work hours, and all the other things you assumed, let me tell you this. We Panamanians are very happy and warm people, we have open our country to everyone, we do not discriminate, we do not criticize and we do not under any circumstances refer to other people as you have referred to us. We are a beautiful country not only for its natural beauty, or the canal, but because of its people.
    FIFTH: Panama currently has the highest minimum wage in Latin America. We have full employment for nationals and foreigners. Yes, maybe there can be some lazy Panamanians, as well in every other country that you go, maybe some Panamanian take a lot of things for granted, this is a human mistake, not a mistake for being Panamanian.

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  7. SIXTH: Yes, we have a small country a development economy, some may say we are entering into a lot of economic bubbles, but we try our best of everything.
    SEVENTH: It is an insult, and I condemned the Consortium that named this scandal “Panama Papers” this have brought an enormous prejudice to my country. Panama has comply with all the requirements and standards the OCDE has obliged us to. We are working on being a more competitive country, we have to change the law as we evolve as a country. We only have 26 years of free democracy and we recovered our full sovereignty in 2000. So please, just give us a break. We are trying as a country. The government is aware of that. Of course, there is no 100% efficient government, we have a long way to go.
    EIGHTH: As I already told, I am a lawyer, honestly the law oblige me to do an extensive due diligence to all of my clients, I have to know all the final beneficiaries and also I have to report any unusual transaction according to new regulations. I have values, my parents taught me those values. I won’t compromise my professional ethic in wrongdoings. I study law, because I law the law. I condemned and I am very disappointed that thanks to Mossack & Fonseca we lawyers in Panama are all criticized in this moment.
    NINTH: Not to defend what it is wrong, but the information leak was illegally obtained.
    TENTH: Please read the information of all the companies related to drug related crimes, terrorism and money laundering and other illegal activities, most of them were not even incorporated in Panama. A lot of them were incorporated in Nevada, Delaware, BVI and other jurisdictions. Yes, they were incorporated by subsidiaries of M&F in those countries, by partners that are lawyers in those countries, then why is it that this scandal is called “Panama Papers” hurting the image of my country, so just think of that if you are going to report something, never lose the perspective #PanamaismorethanPapers.
    I love my country. We are as the saying goes the bridge of the world and heart of the universe.

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    1. I have lived in Panama for many years and fully fully agree with you and your frank honesty. Yes Panama is a beautiful country and the people are warm and wonderful; however, the corruption over shadows the good.

      I am a former US law enforcement officer who was stationed in Panama and the horrors I witnessed including fraud, child porno, bribes super compromises decency.

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  8. It is the same in the United States, the biggest drug consumer in the world a destroyed society with low ethical principles. The biggets porno magazines comes from the USA, discrimination and a lot of things that I can stay here writing all day long.

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    1. Law Firms in the USA get sanctioned and disbarred but in Panama they go out with the Judges for lunch at the Bristol.

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    2. Let's talk about Delaware...

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