Failing to Ask Panama for Mossack Fonseca Documents “inexplicable?”

Panama Papers are available. Why hasn’t U.S. asked to see them? by Marisa Taylor and Kevin G. Hall.

From the post:

…as of June 23, Panama said it had not received a single request from the United States for access to the data seized by Panamanian authorities from Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers, said Sandra Sotillo, spokeswoman for Panamanian Attorney General Kenia Porcell.

A great account of the where’s and wherefore’s of the US failure to request the seized documents that closes with this quote:

Roma Theus, another former federal prosecutor, was surprised it had taken so long to ask for the data.

“It’s not three-months difficult,” he said of the process.

He also wondered why European countries, such as Germany or England, haven’t requested the data.

“It’s a very legitimate question why they haven’t, given the enormous amount of data that’s available on potential corruption and other crimes,” Theus said. “It’s inexplicable.”

Considering the wealth and power of those who use offshore accounts to hide their funds, do you find the failure of the U.S., Germany, and England to request the data “inexplicable?”

I don’t.

Corrupt but not “inexplicable.”

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