Sueddeutsche Zeitung said on Friday that the source of millions of documents leaked to the German newspaper from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca had sent them a manifesto, saying his motivation was the “scale of injustices” the papers revealed.
The source had never before publicly stated why he leaked the documents, now known as the Panama Papers, said Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), one of Germany’s most reputable newspapers.
In an 1,800 word manifesto published on the SZ website on Friday, the source, calling himself “John Doe”, praised others who have leaked secret and sensitive documents, such as Edward Snowden, who revealed details of the U.S. government’s mass surveillance program.
“For his revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA), he deserves a hero’s welcome and a substantial prize, not banishment,” the source wrote.
He also said he would be willing to co-operate with law enforcement agencies.
He called on the European Commission, Britain, the United States and other nations to take steps to protect people who reveal private information about such sensitive issues rather than punishing them. Read more