Sri Lanka Express

Panama Papers Fallout

Clinton campaign manager & lobbyist for US Tamils linked to Panama scandal


(SLE) -  A Russian bank named in the Panama Papers signed up with the Podesta Group a lobbying firm co-founded by Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta and his brother, Tony Podesta,  a major bundler for the campaign.

​According to the Washington Free Beacon, which first reported the connection, Sberbank registered with the Podesta Group last month to lobby on issues related to economic sanctions against Russia and on stock and bond trading for its U.S. clients. 

The Podesta Group has represented the Tamil American Peace Initiative (TAPI) since 2010 and has been paid $360,000 in lobbying fees over the years.  While claiming to work for peace and reconciliation, TAPI constantly publicizes the familiar Tamil diaspora agenda and anti-Sri Lankan rhetoric.

John Podesta is seen as the most powerful "unelected Democrat" and could be tapped for the position of secretary of state in a Hillary Clinton administration.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/04/05/hillary-clinton-ties-emerge-in-panama-papers/#ixzz45MaXRtwY




John Podesta with Hillary Clinton in 2007. (Credit: Flickr/Center for American Progress Action Fund)​​
 The head of  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign who is also the lobbyist for Tamils in the US is linked to a Russian bank involved with the Panama Papers scandal

Sri Lankans named in Panama leak

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has published the names of Sri Lankans mentioned in the 'offshore leaks' in their database.

"We do not intend to suggest or imply that any persons, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly" the ICIJ said, pointing out that there were legitimate uses of offshore companies.

The full list of Sri Lankan individuals and companies named by the ICIJ as of now are given below:
Ahmed Ismail Hossain
Akhter Mahmud
Aliakber Saifudeen Jeevunjee
AQUA-PACKAGING LIMITED
Arthur I Senanayake
Balendra Krishan Niraj Jayasekara
Chandrajith Saman Kalyana Jayamaha Jayamaha Hitihamilage
Chandrajith Saman Kalyana Jayamaha Jayamaha Hitihamilage
Chandru Swamidas Jagasia
CHRISTIAN FERDINAND FUHRER
Daniel Ortiz
Dimitry De Wansa Wickramaratne
Duminda Mahali Weerasekare
Ejaz Chatoor
Esufally, Bilquis Imtiaz
Esufally, Imtiaz Abidhusen Hassanally
Farida Jeevunjee
Hasan Mahmood (Raja)
Imran Aliakber Jeevunjee
Janki Jagasia
Jayawardane Welathanthirige Shilanth Boteju
Jennifer Kathleen Senanayake
Kaluachchigamage Avanthi Kumara Jayatilake
Khandaker Moinul Ahsan (Shamim)
Kishore Hassaram Surtani
LASITHA GAMINI ATTYGALLE
Mohamed Ishan Gaffoor



Mohamed Ishan Gaffoor
MURTAZAALI ABIDHUSSEN HASSANALY ESUFALLY
Nilan Abeywickrama
Niranjan Mendis
Niranjan Sunil Oswald Mendis
Omprasadham Kanapathipillai
Rohan Albert Ignatius Gomis
Sanikh Networks Limited
Sanjay Vijith Anthony Perera
Senaka Dunuwille Senanayake
Sharecorp Limited
Sharmila Wahab
SHYAMALI CHAMPIKA EDIRIWEERA
Somasundaram Mukunthan and Anne Christine Mukunthan
SURENDRA EDIRIWEERA
SURENDRA EDIRIWEERA & SHYAMALI CHAMPIKA EDIRIWEERA
Tushan & Dhammeswari
Tushan Harsha Mendis Wickramasinghe
UDU WATHUWAGE JAGATH PRIYA ANURA SUMATHIPALA
Vidya Dilruk Amarapala


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