Clifford Gaddy, an economist at the Brookings Institute, is pushing the absurd idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin is behind the leak of the Panama Papers, which at a minimum embarrassed Putin. He also weaves into his theory an explanation of why no significant American names have been mentioned in the reports on the leak.
I suggest that the purpose of the Panama Papers operation may be this: It is a message directed at the Americans and other Western political leaders who could be mentioned but are not. The message is: “We have information on your financial misdeeds, too. You know we do. We can keep them secret if you work with us.” In other words, the individuals mentioned in the documents are not the targets. The ones who are not mentioned are the targets.
The CIA newswire (aka The Washington Post) is featuring the wacko theory: The not-completely-crazy theory that Russia leaked the Panama Papers.