Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist

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Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger whose investigations focused on corruption, was described as a ‘one-woman WikiLeaks’

The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the Politico website as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”. Her blogs were a thorn in the side of both the establishment and underworld figures that hold sway in Europe’s smallest member state.

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.
 

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Every human with access to the internet can access the Panama Papers. That doesn't make a blogger a Panama papers journalist. That her kid works at icij is irrelevant. Can't headlines speak to truth?
 

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Every human with access to the internet can access the Panama Papers. That doesn't make a blogger a Panama papers journalist. That her kid works at icij is irrelevant. Can't headlines speak to truth?

Don't be silly. She was reporting on some of the figures involved before the Panama Papers came out, and then continued reporting on new things afterwards.

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/n...from_panamagate_to_panama_papers#.WeVR82j-mUk
http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/81353/car_blown_up_in_bidnija
http://www.politico.eu/list/politico-28-class-of-2017-ranking/daphne-caruana-galizia/
 

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Malta, could be linked to Russians as they have invested a lot in Malta, Cyprus and Dubai through companies revealed in the Panama papers.

The modus operandi would match as well.
 

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Malta, could be linked to Russians as they have invested a lot in Malta, Cyprus and Dubai through companies revealed in the Panama papers.

The modus operandi would match as well.

yeah sure, ignore the fact that overall western powers were by far more exposed by the leak ... and we both know which news source told you it was Russia ;) ... just like everything else in the world, always Russia, I'm surprised our local government is still stuck on blaming apartheid for all their mistakes, maybe they'll catch on in a few years and start blaming Russia too :crylaugh:
 

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Panama Papers journalist killed by car bomb outside her home

yeah sure, ignore the fact that overall western powers were by far more exposed by the leak ... and we both know which news source told you it was Russia ;) ... just like everything else in the world, always Russia, I'm surprised our local government is still stuck on blaming apartheid for all their mistakes, maybe they'll catch on in a few years and start blaming Russia too :crylaugh:

Absolutely 0 news source, I only read the article in the link.

It’s a gut feeling, nothing more.

A car bomb is not a modus operandi of the West recently, a car accident would be.

The overall leak was obviously 90% on the west but the Maltese part of the Panama leaks was mostly Russian, which is also why my gut feeling.
 

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Absolutely 0 news source, I only read the article in the link.

It’s a gut feeling, nothing more.

A car bomb is not a modus operandi of the West recently, a car accident would be.

The overall leak was obviously 90% on the west but the Maltese part of the Panama leaks was mostly Russian, which is also why my gut feeling.

She was a thorn in the side of the local government, far more likely it was at the behest of them or some rogue nationalist.
 

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She was a thorn in the side of the local government, far more likely it was at the behest of them or some rogue nationalist.

The investigation will probably lead nowhere !

I can’t stop thinking of Casino when I open this topic.
 

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43960638

A Maltese MP has accused a police sergeant of tipping off suspects in the murder of a prominent investigative journalist of their impending arrest.

Jason Azzopardi, also a lawyer for Daphne Caruana Galizia's family in the case against the three men, told fellow MPs the officer was removed after reports about the alleged leak.

Mr Azzopardi named the alleged leaker in parliament as Sgt Aldo Cassar and claimed that he had access to sensitive information about investigations and surveillance as member of the Criminal Intelligence Unit.

As indications that the men had been tipped off, Mr Azzopardi said the suspects had thrown their mobile phones into the sea before the police arrived and that one of them had his partner's phone number on his arm.

The MP claimed that after being informed about the alleged leak, Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar, acting on orders from Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's office, gave Sgt Cassar two options - to transfer to a police station or to the Rapid Intervention Unit. He told parliament the officer opted for the intervention unit.

According to the MP, the sergeant breached several laws over the alleged leak and could face up to three years in prison.
 
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