Last year as Brazil geared up to hold the Summer 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a huge corruption scandal hit the country: “Operação Lava Jato”, or “Operation Car Wash”. After much turmoil and international attention, many thought the scandal would subside with the new year. However, this has not been the case. And the scandal is still making headlines over a year since it first began, having become clear that it involves more than just Brazil.
On April 3rd, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published over 11 million leaked documents, a treasure trove of evidence connecting many of the world’s rich and famous to a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The papers implicate hundreds of individuals in hiding assets, facilitating bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, money laundering, financial fraud, and even drug trafficking.