9 April 2016
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa | Photo: Presidencia de la Republica de Ecuador
“World citizens must demand that all information be published,” Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said of the Panama Papers.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa criticized the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, one of the core organizations involved in reporting the Panama Papers, for refusing to reveal all information linked to what’s being called the largest leak in the history of data journalism.
Correa wrote on his Twitter account on Friday that it was odd that ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle said the organization does not plan on revealing and publishing all information leaked from Mossack Fonseca, the law firm that helped world leaders, business people, and celebrities set up shell companies and offshore accounts to hide their assets.
“World citizens must demand that all information be published to know who is who,” Correa wrote in the tweet linking to an interview with Ryle.
In another Tweet, Correa shared an article regarding the United States government’s funding of one of the organizations involved in the leak with the commentary “in case anyone had any doubt,” reiterating that complete information must be demanded.
The Panama Papers are a series of 11.5 million private documents of Mossack Fonseca, but only a select number were published by ICIJ and other organizations and news outlets upon their release on April 3.
The tax haven scandal has implicated several world leaders directly, including Argentina President Mauricio Macri. Many other Latin American figures, including Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, have been linked indirectly.