The leader of the Icelandic Progressive party and ex-Prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson yesterday said on Útvarp Saga radio that renowned international investor George Soros is behind the Panama leak.
Sigmundur Davíð gained international fame in an interview which has been on virtually every news hour and numerous comedy shows worldwide.
In his radio interview yesterday he said: “I have a pretty good idea [who is behind the attacks on me], but that might be the subject of a whole new radio hour, which we can do at good moment. But it is very interesting which has submerged about this assault on me, which had been prepared for seven months, in many countries, using this data [the Panama Papers] which [George] Soros hedge-fund king had bought and could obviously use at will.
Sigmundur Davíð did not explain why Soros would want to attack him, but implied that it was because hedge-funds were among the claimants against the fallen banks. It has been revealed that the ex-prime minister wife’s company, Wintris, also held claims against the fallen Icelandic banks. Previously, Sigmundur Davíð had referred to the hedge-funds as “vultures”.
Later in the interview the ex-prime minister said: “[C]ompare what has been said about the Prime Minister of Iceland on one hand and the Prime Minister of Britain on the other. He had profited by not paying taxes, profited personally.”
Sigmundur Davíð resigned as Prime Minister a couple of days after the so-called Wintris-interview was aired. It is interesting that the President of Iceland withdrew from the race for re-election after information was revealed about his wife’s finances in the Panama Papers.