STUFF THE PANAMA PAPERS – GRAB THE BURLINGTON FILES

Who wants to read the Panama Papers when you can get The Burlington Files? Seriously though, if you want to learn a little about the Panama Papers courtesy of Faire Sans Dire read on but remember The Burlington Files and Beyond Enkription (the first novel in the series) are far more exciting and just as real as the Panama Papers. Incidentally, we have temporarily put on hold the publication of the remainder of the series for a variety of reasons but never fear; just like the Panama Papers, they will be published one day hopefully sooner than later and Beyond Enkription is a good stand alone read in its own right … or so those who have read it to date think.

Faire Sans Dire has been involved in anti-corruption activities in Panama since 1983 when Manuel Noriega became Panama’s dictator and Faire Sans Dire was particularly involved in some of the more newsworthy events pertaining to Panama including the Iran-Contra scandal and the Oliver North fiasco but mainly from a European perspective.

Everything you need to know about what is in the public domain to date concerning the Panama Papers can be found at these links to Wikipedia and The Institute of Investigative Journalism or on Faire Sans Dire’s website. Up to date details of those named and shamed in the Panama Papers analysed by country can also be found at these other links to Faire Sans Dire, Wikipedia and The Institute of Investigative Journalism.

In addition to the information available from the Panama Papers, details of offshore companies and their holdings of real estate in England and Wales can be found at this link or in this news article published last year by Faire Sans Dire. More information relating to future exposures of who really owns what will be released by Faire Sans Dire in the future as and when appropriate along with any pertinent allegations of unlawful activities relating to the non-disclosure of beneficial ownership.

If you want to look up who owns what, this database, known as the “ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database” may be helpful. Furthermore, new disclosures about opulent people hiding in the shadows in Switzerland may be forthcoming from past revelations relating to HSBC Swiss clients and more data relating to Kleinwort Benson clients cowering in the Channel Islands referred to in this link may appear in the public domain soon.

Since the release of the Panama Papers much has happened. Of particular interest is that many countries (including the USA) are tightening their laws to prevent shell companies and other similar “vehicles” from operating anonymously. In addition, there has been much speculation about who leaked the Panama Papers from within Mossack Fonseca to Bastian Obermayer, an investigative journalist at Süddeutsche Zeitung, a German newspaper. Indeed, why that newspaper was chosen remains a mystery. In many ways it appears to have been an intentional obfuscation by “John Doe”, the pseudonym for the person(s) who purportedly stole and then passed on the data.

We think much of this will become less nebulous as more leaks occur over the coming months and years. The source of the Panama Papers is far from being merely a bit of tittle tattle for the global media as we understand there will be many more similar leaks of equally large tranches of data such that the veil of secrecy covering most of the globe’s hidden wealth is lifted once and for all. Whether or not the Panama Papers were accessed internally or hacked using known vulnerabilities and flaws in Mossack Fonseca’s systems remains a matter of debate.

While these planned “Robin Hood” style thefts may be organised by those who orchestrated the Mossack Fonseca outage those who physically extracted the data may of course have no idea who really manipulated or incentivised them into doing so. However, rest assured “John Doe” did not act alone even though we believe the Mossack Fonseca data extraction was an inside job as opposed to some sort of data hacking from cyberspace despite supposed evidence to the contrary which appears to be disinformation as the dates and timelines mentioned in many articles about all this don’t stack up (yet).

Nevertheless, the precise modus operandi of the extraction is of less importance than who was behind it. No doubt in time we will find out whether those orchestrating these data extractions are a political or even religious consortium of do-gooders disenchanted with the growing gap twixt the super rich and the rest of us, a crowd of avaricious tax inspectors, a clique of intelligence agencies (such as FVEY, the Five Eyes) or even an unprecedented pot pourri of organisations of that ilk.

On 9th May 2016 at 2.00pm EDT the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) will publish a selective searchable database at https://offshoreleaks.icij.org based on the Panama Papers. It will contain data on 200,000 plus offshore entities including trusts, companies, foundations and funds incorporated in over 20 “tax havens” (including Nevada and Delaware in the USA) linked to people in over 200 countries and territories.

Interestingly and importantly the database will also include information about circa 100,000 entities that was uncovered in the 2013 ICIJ Offshore Leaks investigation.

However, the ICIJ said the release of information won’t be a “data dump” of all the data in the Panama Papers. “ICIJ won’t release personal data en masse; the database will not include records of bank accounts and financial transactions, emails and other correspondence, passports and telephone numbers. The selected and limited information is being published in the public interest …”

Furthermore, the ICIJ, other media outlets and investigators (including the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung which initially received the Panama Papers) will continue their ongoing investigations and publish anything of genuine interest to the world at large. The USA is supportive of these initiatives and more besides. Barack Obama described tax avoidance as a “huge problem” and commented that “a lot of it is legal, but that’s exactly the problem. It’s not that they’re breaking the laws, it’s that the laws are so poorly designed.” Heaven only knows, but these disclosures could even determine whether or not Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton occupy the White House from 2017.

Of course the Panama Papers are much less exciting than The Burlington Files and so they should be to you as they cover equally if not more scandalous people and global events.

Faire Sans Dire Limited is contractually involved with other parties in the production and publication of The Burlington Files based on the life of its Non-Executive Chairman, Bill Fairclough. Beyond Enkription, the first novel in The Burlington Files series is available on Amazon worldwide in eBook, paperback and hardcover versions. Hardcover versions are also available from most leading bookshops and bookstores all over the world.

Faire Sans Dire has been instrumental in the production of The Burlington Files, a series of spy novels being written for film adaptation. Since our main focus is the production of film/TV series based on the novels, only one novel has been published to date without any major fanfares or publicity. Ab initio, Faire Sans Dire’s aim is to organise the infrastructure to support this ambitious initiative and secure the production of a TV/film series based on Beyond Enkription as opposed to publicize the novel or series in its own right. Indeed, publishing the books alone would be economic suicide given the parlous state of the book publishing industry notwithstanding the amount of publicity afforded to isolated success stories. 

The Burlington Files series is about Edward Burlington’s family and their ambivalent ubiquitous relationships with state backed intelligence agencies over many decades. The series covers events involving Edward Burlington (aka Bill Fairclough) and his family during the century from the First World War to beyond the Edward Snowden disclosures. Those events include the Burlingtons involvement in the Smiling Buddha Project, the Oliver North and Iran-Contra affair, Operation Able Archer and post 9/11 events like the Nisha incidents.

Before you buy Beyond Enkription you can sample parts of the introductory material to the book on Amazon UK (or your local Amazon web-site). You can also read reviews and endorsements on this web-site and elsewhere including on Amazon UK. You will be left in little doubt that Beyond Enkription is an unusual, intriguing and beguiling “sort of novel”. The brutality of its opening chapter contrasts well with the tantalising and duplicitous Prologue yet the physicality of the opening chapter is arguably far less vicious than the cerebral scheming that ensues.   

Three of our more sophisticated critics summed it up somewhat flatteringly:

“A compelling, provocative and beguiling spy novel: a must for connoisseurs …”

“Brutal ab initio, cerebral thereafter but forever realistic …”

“Beyond Enkription is more down-to-earth and déclassé than Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, yet more action packed and just as subtle as John Le Carré’s productions.”

The series is realistic unlike most espionage novels written since 1945 including those written by Ian Fleming in particular. We hope you enjoy reading Beyond Enkription and seeing the films we intend to produce based on The Burlington Files. Please don’t hesitate to give us your feedback on Beyond Enkription or send it via CreateSpace.

You can download free software to read the Ebook on your mobile, laptop, tablet or computer from Amazon USA and you do not need a Kindle to read it. If you prefer, search on Google for “Read anywhere with our free reading apps” and “Amazon” but please make sure you download from your local Amazon web-site and not elsewhere.

This article was first published on 7th May 2016.


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