Panama Papers grouping to grant access to American news outlets

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:37 AM

After being observers to the biggest document leak in history, American news outlets love The NY Times and The WA Post may have a chance to access and review the Panama Papers.

Panama Papers grouping to grant access to American news outlets

After being observers to the biggest document leak in history, American news outlets love The NY Times and The WA Post may have a chance to access and review the Panama Papers.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which obtained the 11.5 million documents from the Panamian law firm Mossack Fonseca, said Wednesday that it'd start considering requests from other news outlets to review the files.

The invitation, which befits ICIJ'south collective approach to the story, is likely to hasten revelations about the shady financial transactions linking some of the world'south most high-profile politicians, business leaders and celebrities.

Marina Walker, ICIJ'south deputy director, said Wednesday that the grouping would consider granting access to news organizations where it'd advance their efforts.

"We don't promise to give access to everyone but we'll create decisions based on countries we haven't worked in, and expertise that may be useful to the team," Walker told Variety.

Related: Panama Papers law firm helped create more than 1.000 U. S. companies

"We'd consider anyone," Walker continued. "We'd not only consider huge outlets but also tiny weeklies if we've reason to believe that there are excellent investigative reporters there, that they really wish to be collaborative, and that they wish to do good stories."

Walker didn't reply to CNNMoney'south request for comment.

The NY Times, The WA Post, Bloomberg and other leading American news organizations have reached out to ICIJ in recent days to request access to the papers.

Despite the fact that the ICIJ is made up of nearly four hundred journalists from more than one hundred news organizations, America'south top media outlets were largely caught off guard by news of the leak, which broke on Sunday.

The American news organizations included in the consortium are McClatchy Newspapers, The Miami Herald, The Charlotte Observer and Univision/Fusion. Columbia Univ and the International Middle for Journalists were also represented.

The Panama Papers release has already forced Iceland'south prime minister to resign amid conflict-of-interest charges over a company he and his wife allegedly set up in the British Virgin Islands. The documents also allege a clandestine network involving associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and business ties among a member of FIFA'south ethics committee and men whom the United States has indicted for corruption.

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