UBS Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld On Panama Papers: "The CIA I'm Sure Is Behind This"

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Apr. 12, 2016

UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld told CNBC he's "sure" the CIA is behind the Panama Papers leak, saying the only people being targeted are the "enemies of the United States" like Russia and China.

CNBC reports:
Bradley Birkenfeld is the most significant financial whistleblower of all time, so you might think he'd be cheering on the disclosures in the new Panama Papers leaks. But today, Birkenfeld is raising questions about the source of the information that is shaking political regimes around the world.

Birkenfeld, an American citizen, was a banker working at UBS in Switzerland when he approached the U.S. government with information on massive amounts of tax evasion by Americans with secret accounts in Switzerland. By the end of his whistleblowing career, Birkenfeld had served more than two years in a U.S. federal prison, been awarded $104 million by the IRS for his information and shattered the foundations of more than a century of Swiss banking secrecy.

In an exclusive interview Tuesday from Munich, Birkenfeld said he doesn't think the source of the 11 million documents stolen from a Panamanian law firm should automatically be considered a whistleblower like himself. Instead, he said, the hacking of the Panama City-based firm, called Mossack Fonseca, could have been done by a U.S. intelligence agency.

"The CIA I'm sure is behind this, in my opinion," Birkenfeld said.

Birkenfeld pointed to the fact that the political uproar created by the disclosures have mainly impacted countries with tense relationships with the United States. "The very fact that we see all these names surface that are the direct quote-unquote enemies of the United States, Russia, China, Pakistan, Argentina and we don't see one U.S. name. Why is that?" Birkenfeld said. "Quite frankly, my feeling is that this is certainly an intelligence agency operation."

Asked why the U.S. would leak information that has also been damaging to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, a major American ally, Birkenfeld said the British leader was likely collateral damage in a larger intelligence operation.

"If you've got NSA and CIA spying on foreign governments they can certainly get into a law firm like this," Birkenfeld said. "But they selectively bring the information to the public domain that doesn't hurt the U.S. in any shape or form. That's wrong. And there's something seriously sinister here behind this."
Watch his interview:



Wikileaks last week said the leak was a Soros/USAID funded operation targeting Putin and others:



Billionaire George Soros's Open Society Institute is one of the biggest forces behind the suicidal open borders policies in Europe and the United States. His foundation gave $33 million to fund a plurality of the groups behind the Black Lives Matter riots in Ferguson, as well as the Democracy Spring protests currently being held in Washington DC. Citing his "alarm" at the rise of Trump, Soros has already spent or pledged over $13 million to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats this year.

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