Paradise Papers: Leaked documents link Trump's Commerce Secretary to Putin cronies
"Mr Ross continues to hold a stake in a shipping company that has a multi-million-dollar deal with a Russian firm part-owned by Putin cronies currently subject to US sanctions."
I have a theory. Now this is not a Mr. Spock exercise in logic, but rather a Captain Kirk "hunch."
I am starting to suspect that Putin himself is behind the leaks. Why? Because his support for Trump was predicated on the easing or removal of Russian sanctions, and that's not in the cards.
If Putin is truly a criminal mastermind, and I think he is, he works just like the Mafia. He ties in important politicians, not by threats, but by bribes and sweetheart deals under the table, deals that will make the politicians ungodly amounts of money, but also deals that they would not want the public to know about. Then, if there is no expected quid for the quo, he is perfectly comfortable in letting the details of the deals be released. He has nothing to lose, for everyone already knows he is dangerous and corrupt, but the politicians have everything to lose.
In fact, by dumping documents that implicate people close to Trump, he could be firing a shot across Trump's bow, implying that the next batch may take down the sails.
As I said, it's just a wacky theory.
But tell me you'd be surprised if it were correct.