A large cache of secret documents reveals that tens of thousands of people, including government officials from around the world, are using offshore companies and trusts to avoid taxes.

The documents were unearthed by a group known as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who used sophisticated software to analyze a computer hard drive packed with corporate data, personal information and emails. The information came to light when ICIJ director Gerard Ryle investigated a financial scandal in Australia involving offshore tax havens and corporate fraud.

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