The Malta Files: a European version of the Panama Papers, revealing a global web of corruption


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/27/maltese-fuckin.html


#2

“We have been doing it all the time. If it is wrong, then why didn’t we get caught?”

One of the great classics among defenses.


#3

By policy, the company in the Panama Papers leak had few domestic American customers. Malta probably has few as well.

Looks like American 1%ers dodged a bullet, again.


#4

Malta has been fishy for centuries, ever since the Knights Templar set up shop there.


Pedantic Digressions
#5

No need to be above the law when all the advantageous exemptions you could want are right there in the law.


#6

It’s almost as if the people writing the laws have a vested interest in making sure they don’t inconvenience them or their wealthy friends.


#7

“Vengeance on the murderers of Jacques Molay” doesn’t sound so good if he was effectively a large scale loan shark.


#8

At this point, it seems like “fake news” is only used to describe real news… Up really is down these days.


#9

Damned disappointed about the ludicrous lack of appropriate alliteration. Harbouring hopes for the upcoming leaks of the Cyprus Cables. (Still annoyed that the Luxemburg Leaks were shrugged off by Jean-Claude Junker.)


#10

“Prime Minister Joseph Muscat insisted that everything Malta does is legal”

This is

  1. quite probably true in a technical sense
  2. the actual problem

#11

Inb4 “how much more taxes do you pay than you have to?”


#12

An awful lot of venerable institutions began just that way. It was only a generation from bootlegger Joe Kennedy to president Jack Kennedy.


#13

The Malta Memoranda?
The Malta Materials?
The Malta Materiel?


#14

was all ready to make a (convoluted) maltese falcon joke, but then I noticed the ‘maltese-fuckin’ in the post URL already beat me to it.


#15

It’s time for “unauthorized news” to enter the lexicon.


#16

That implies there’s some authority deciding what’s news. Can’t we just go back to “lies”?


#17

The Malta Memoranda


#18

I am seriously lost with this article. What’s the problem? No one is breaking any laws here.


#19

Well, that seems to be the problem right there - that it is legal when it shouldn’t be.


#20

You need the Delaware Documents.