Russia and China rejected Panama Papers as a conspiracy of the West to create social unrest. Chinese newspapers, which are mostly controlled by state entities, did not report names of relatives of high ranking officials that are named in the papers. Russia has repeatedly blamed West for engaging in crazy regime change. Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor, which leaked papers also took refuse in Russia. Russian and Chinese pointed at the absence of American names in the Panama Papers.
“The Western media has taken control of the interpretation each time there has been such a document dump, and Washington has demonstrated particular influence in it,” the Global Times, an influential tabloid published by the same group that publishes the Communist Party organ, People’s Daily, said in an editorial.
“Information that is negative to the US can always be minimised, while exposure of non-Western leaders, such as Putin, can get extra spin,” the Global Times editorial said.
“In the Internet era, disinformation poses no major risks to Western influential elites or the West. In the long-run, it will become a new means for the ideology-allied Western nations to strike a blow to non-Western political elites and key organisations,” the Global Times said.
The leaked papers have already exerted its influence on many regimes. PM of Ireland resigned today under pressure from public demand although President has not accept it yet. In Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif addressed the nation to establish a judicial commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge. In India a two member bench of Supreme Court judges will be holding inquiry into any tax evasion. In UK PM David Cameroon refused to accept any wrong doings and brushed it aside. But the absence of names from leading countries USA, Germany and France has already raised concerns that this is a covert effort to derail countries.
Questions were also raised about the backers of ICIJ that are mostly American and Jewish non-profit foundations.