from The Age:
It all began when Australian journalist Gerard Ryle received a mysterious package in the post.
The ICIJ’s efforts were also assisted by an Australian software company that provided free software to help make sense of the information in the files.
The former Fairfax Media investigative reporter was busy trying to unravel the details of a large financial fraud in Australia when a hard drive — with the details of 2.5 million digital files — appeared.
Fifteen-month long probe … the investigation used a strategy similar to that used by WikiLeaks when it released hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables in 2010.
The drive was a treasure trove of WikiLeaks-style proportions that shed light on the often murky world of offshore tax havens — where millions of dollars are stashed in secret accounts — and would yield information on 120,000 offshore companies and nearly 130,000 individuals.
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