Op-ed: The biggest data leak in history, dubbed the "panama papers" is set to topple governments; #panamapapers was trending Sunday night as news broke of a year long journalist led investigation into off shore tax havens.
Many mainstream media publications ran with the story's links to Russia with claims that point a finger at Vladimir Putin.
But the allegations of tax avoidance, secret money stashes, money laundering and sanction's avoidance run much deeper.
Footage of the Icelandic PM, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, cutting short an interview as soon as the quesion of the "panama papers" and his involvement was raised appears to show a man with a great deal to hide. He now faces calls for a snap election.
Monday TV, online and hardcopy news sources are running with "panama papers" and there is a wealth of information available.
What you make of it may depend on what you watch and read but this story is set to roll with more revelations to come.
This is a massive data leak from a very secret world of wealth.
The scandal involves many high-profile figures and includes three former UK Conservative MPs, six members of the House of Lords and numerous political party donors. At time of writing they are not named.
A link to UK PM David Cameron, by way of his inhertiance from his father who had his fortune stashed in an off shore tax haven, became public knowledge in 2015 following a C4 investigation.
But with more than 11 million documents leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca the proverbial has hit the global fan.
"British parliamentarians are among scores of politicians from round the world holding offshore assets, it has been reported following a massive leak of confidential data. The leak of more than 11 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca – being called the Panama Papers – is said to cast an unprecedented light on the way the rich and powerful are able to use tax havens to shield their wealth. The information was passed to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and has been shared with 107 media organisations in 78 countries including the Guardian and BBC’s Panorama."