Car-Bomb Kills "One-Woman WikiLeaks" Who Led The Panama Papers Revelations

Meet Daphne Caruana Galizia, the journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.

To John Dalli, a former European commissioner whom she helped bring down in a tobacco lobbying scandal, Galizia is “a terrorist.”

 

To opposition MPs, she’s a political force of nature, one who fortunately has her guns aimed at the other side of the aisle.

 

“She single-handedly brought the government to the verge of collapse,” says one MP. “The lady has balls,” says another.

 

Galizia’s mantra was simple: blog relentlessly about the “cronyism that is accepted as something normal here. I can’t bear to see people like that rewarded.”

Her blogs were a thorn in the side of both the establishment and underworld figures that hold sway in Europe’s smallest member state.

Well, sadly, all that is over now, as Galizia was killed today when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the car into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.

As The Guardian reports, her most recent revelations pointed the finger at Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack.

Malta’s president, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, called for calm.

“In these moments, when the country is shocked by such a vicious attack, I call on everyone to measure their words, to not pass judgment and to show solidarity,” she said.

 

“Everyone knows Ms Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine,” Muscat at a hastily convened press conference, “both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way”.

The Nationalist party leader, Adrian Delia – himself the subject of negative stories by Caruana Galizia – claimed the killing was linked to her reporting.

“A political murder took place today,” Delia said in a statement.

 

“What happened today is not an ordinary killing. It is a consequence of the total collapse of the rule of law which has been going on for the past four years.”

Responding to news of the attack, the German MEP Sven Giegold, a leading figure in the parliament’s Panama Papers inquiry, said he was “shocked and saddened”.

“It is too early to know the cause of the explosion but we expect to see a thorough investigation,” said Giegold.

 

“Such incidents bring to mind Putin’s Russia, not the European Union. There can be absolutely no tolerance for violence against the press and violations of the freedom of expression in the European Union.

It doews make one wonder just what is happening in Europe, as Greece's former finance minister tweeted...

Interesintgly, Muscat announced in parliament that FBI officers were on their way to Malta to assist with the investigation, following his request for outside help from the US government.

 

Caruana Galizia was 53 and leaves a husband and three sons.

Comments

Bes cheka Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:46 Permalink

had she been talking about cronyism and tax cheats here in the USi wonder if trump, other oligarchs, and/or one of their goons would have done the same...because you know, we have killers too.you gotta protect the banksters, the MIC, and the kleptocracy at all costs.hahaha

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giovanni_f Bes Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:26 Permalink

And Varoufakis going full Soros with his braindead "Racism in Austria" tweet.Didn't now that Islam is a Race. People are fed up with being social-engineered/forced-islamized by Soros and his helping hands. Even the (so-called) "Green" party in Austria split up over the immigration issue (with the pro-Immigration part about to miss the 4% barrirer). 

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Bokkenrijder Gaius Frakkin'… Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:58 Permalink

Oh, and by the way, another deafening silence from the leftwing European mainstream media.Now if this would have been a Russian journalist.... p.s. Varoufakis is a Marxist. I'm struggling through his latest book now, but funnily enough nowhere he mentions that bank/large company bailouts or setting artificial interest rates are pure communism. It's all blamed on "capitalism." 

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yvhmer Gaius Frakkin'… Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:40 Permalink

Together with the Dutch, it seems:"Would like to thank the Netherlands government for accepting request to send specialised forensic experts from reknowned institution to assist  the Malta police. First experts to assist in the (Daphne Caruana Galizia) murder investigations in the next few hours.”As per de Home affairs Minister of Malta, Michael Farrugia. 

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Lumberjack Lumberjack Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:54 Permalink

Mossack Fonseca: The Nazi, CIA And Nevada Connections... And Why It's Now Rothschild's Turn

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-03/mossack-fonseca-nazi-cia-and-n…

VVV

In 2013, an Argentine prosecutor’s report linked Nevada-incorporated shell companies involved in a major corruption scandal to Mossack Fonseca. When those shell companies became the subject of a federal court battle in Nevada, the leaked files show, Mossack Fonseca employees took steps to remove paper records and to wipe computer files and phone logs at its Las Vegas office. One employee even traveled from Central America to Nevada to bring back files. “When Andrés came to Nevada he cleaned up everything and brought all documents to Panama,” according to an email dated Sept. 24, 2014.

Mossack Fonseca said it “categorically” denies hiding or destroying documents in its statement to the ICIJ: “Let us be clear that it is not our policy to hide or destroy documentation that may be of use in any ongoing investigation or proceeding.”

The leaked records also contradict sworn testimony by Jurgen Mossack, who told the federal district court that his firm was separate from “MF Nevada,” its office in Las Vegas, and had no control over it. Mossack Fonseca “has never maintained an office, establishment or principal place of business in Nevada,” Mossack testified in July 2015. But, according to the ICIJ investigation, internal documents show the opposite, indicating that the firm’s Panama City headquarters controlled MF Nevada’s bank account, and that the firm’s co-founders and one other official with the company owned 100 percent of MF Nevada

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So last week a still mysterious accountant shot up LV...

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Lumberjack Lumberjack Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:27 Permalink

PADDOCK CONSULTANTS LIMITED

Connected to 1 officer
Connected to 1 intermediary
Incorporated: 22-MAY-2003 Inactivation: 17-AUG-2006 Struck off: 31-OCT-2007
Status: Inactivated
Registered in: British Virgin Islands
Linked countries: Cyprus
Data from: Panama Papers
Agent: Mossack Fonseca
The Panama Papers data is current through 2015
Search in opencorporates.com
Got a tip? Help ICIJ investigate: contact us or leak to us securely

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Lumberjack Lumberjack Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:30 Permalink

PADDOCK ASSOCIATES LIMITED

Connected to 1 intermediary
Incorporated: 13-MAY-1991 Inactivation: 05-NOV-1997 Struck off: 31-OCT-1997
Status: Defaulted
Registered in: British Virgin Islands
Linked countries: Jersey
Data from: Panama Papers
Agent: Mossack Fonseca
The Panama Papers data is current through 2015
Search in opencorporates.com
Got a tip? Help ICIJ investigate: contact us or leak to us securely

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Lumberjack Lumberjack Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:33 Permalink

PADDOCK ALLIANCE INC.

Connected to 2 officers
Connected to 1 intermediary
Incorporated: 27-OCT-2010
Status: Active
Registered in: British Virgin Islands
Linked countries: Russia
Data from: Panama Papers
Agent: Mossack Fonseca
The Panama Papers data is current through 2015
Search in opencorporates.com
Got a tip? Help ICIJ investigate: contact us or leak to us securely

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Lumberjack Lumberjack Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:38 Permalink

PADDOCK CREDITS INVESTMENT LIMITED

Connected to 1 entity
Connected to 1 intermediary
Incorporated: 11-OCT-1995 Inactivation: 04-JAN-1997 Struck off: 31-DEC-1996
Status: Defaulted
Registered in: Bahamas
Linked countries: Russia
Data from: Panama Papers
Agent: Mossack Fonseca
The Panama Papers data is current through 2015
Search in opencorporates.com
Got a tip? Help ICIJ investigate: contact us or leak to us securely

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There’s more but I will leave it there for now. Lj

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Lumberjack Lumberjack Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:56 Permalink

Clinton ties to Mossack...

http://nypost.com/2016/04/17/the-clintons-connection-to-the-panama-pape…

“Now some of this behavior is clearly against the law, and everyone who violates the law anywhere should be held accountable,” Hillary Clinton said of the scandal at a recent AFL-CIO convention.

“But it’s also scandalous how much is actually legal,” she added.

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John Kerry-Heinz HopefulCynical Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:27 Permalink

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I concur.  May I suggest we bring Monkeys with Hammers once the reckoning is in full swing.  Only seems appropriate, for lining their pockets with the tears of all humanity.

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Endgame Napoleon HenryKissinger… Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:24 Permalink

Don’t say anything about any serious economic or political subject, especially the topic of lucrative cronyism, in a Ruled-By-Mafia nation....I mean a ruled-by-nice-family-people nation, of course. Don’t worry: You can still gossip about trivialities, including anything that has no impact on serious public or economic policy, including chit chat that boosts Big Media ratings and gets politicians in the news. It is called freedom of speech.

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wildbad giovanni_f Tue, 10/17/2017 - 04:01 Permalink

no shit! that Varofakis quote is pathetic. we expect to be needled by the merkels and macron's and their ilk but did Varou have to turn this woman's tragic end to a racism rant?

Islam is not a race. It is a totalitarian system, just like the end game of socialism, the philosophy of Varoufakis.

May this brave woman rest in peace and may her murdrers die a million cowardly deaths.

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Going Loco cheka Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:51 Permalink

Car bomb? Maybe, but after looking at the small number of pictures on the internet I wonder if it was a missile. Something smaller than a Hellfire. The shape of distortion of the car body, the distance the vehicle was thrown, the marks on the road.... Anyone here with first-hand experience of drone strikes care to comment?

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yvhmer Going Loco Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:37 Permalink

This is currently in the newpaper:"A man who witnessed the brutal murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia speaks of two explosions that occurred, not one. Frans Sant said that he was driving up the Bidnija road, when he saw a car approaching. He then saw that a small explosion had occurred inside the car, and he slowed down the car he was driving, bringing it to a stop. In the meantime, he said, within the next four seconds a second explosion took place. “It was a horrible experience,” he said. Sant said that the car continue to roll down the road, missing his own vehicle by a few metres, before it stopped in the field."Source:http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-10-17/local-news/Watch-Daph…

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