:: When a whistleblower leaks thousands of Credit Suisse account data to the research team of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the investigative journalists Hannes Munzinger, Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer come across dictators, heads of secret services, kings, cardinals and ordinary super-rich people. They all deposited money in Switzerland, including money that belonged to the general public. Some had looted it in their countries, others did not want to pay taxes for it.
The Suisse Secrets data were leaked through a secure digital mailbox. The anonymous source explained the movitation in an accompanying statemt:
"I believe that Swiss banking secrecy laws are immoral. The pretext of protecting financial privacy is merely a fig leaf covering the shameful role of Swiss banks as collaborators of tax evaders. (...) This situation enables corruption and starves developing countries of much-needed tax revenue. These countries are the ones that therefore suffer most from Switzerland's reverse Robin-Hood-stunt. (...) While I am aware that banking secrecy laws are partly responsible for the Swiss economic success story, it is my strong opinion that such a wealthy country should be able to afford a conscience."
Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer and Hannes Munzinger wrote the book "Schweizer Geheimnisse" about the investigations and its impact. "Whether you are a friend or a critic of banking secrecy, this book is already assured a prominent place in the historiography of the Swiss banking center", wrote the Swiss Tages-Anzeiger.