IDFA, Double Exposure
The behind-the-scenes story of the largest data leak in history, which exposed economic corruption on a global scale.
In 2015, Bastian Obermayer, an investigative reporters for Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, was contacted by an anonymous whistleblower calling himself/themselves(?) John Doe who somehow obtained a staggering archive of 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm with a client list representing heads of state and the global wealthy elite. As detailed in Alex Winter’s informative if not wholly absorbing film, Obermayer collaborated with an international group of reporters over the next year to thoroughly investigate this unprecedented treasure trove of leaked documents while managing to keep their process under wraps until they were ready to publish. The doc perhaps could have benefitted from spending a bit less time on the investigation and more on its fallout – which directly or indirectly included the ouster of leaders from Iceland, Brazil, and Britain – but it succeeds in underscoring the essential role of journalism as a check on governmental power, and, through the tragic fate of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the real dangers journalist face in trying to expose the truth.