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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has quantified the size of the offshore tax haven bubble, and is doing its darndest to burst it.
The group, led by Gerard Ryle, and working with 38 media outlets, has amassed 2.5 million documents containing details of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, as well as the identities of almost 130,000 individuals.
The documents implicate a wide-ranging and sleazy set of the global elite: politicians, despots, and their aides and associates; the oldest daughter of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos; a wealthy Spanish art collector; arms dealers. Also mentioned is Denise Rich, the wife of the controversially pardoned oil-trader Marc Rich.
Der Speigel writes that the details in the documents go back nearly 30 years. The 200 gigabyte leak, the German paper writes, is 160 times larger than the cables released by Wikileaks in 2010. Gawker has a good run-down of the important details that have been released so far.