- Bastian Obermayer and his colleague, Frederik Obermaier, both of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, were key players in unraveling the Paradise Papers, which were sent to SZ after the the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists became aware of the leak’s existence.
- Obermayer told Elisabeth Zerofsky of the New Yorker that John Doe “had tried to get the attention of several large international outlets, including a U.S. paper, before he got in touch” with Obermayer.
- Obermayer has won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers.
- The Sueddeutsche Zeitung journalist was accused of working to promote American interests because there were so few American names in the Panama Papers. “This time, with the Paradise Papers, we were so happy when we found many U.S. names,” Obermayer said. “Because we knew, O.K, we won’t be accused of working for the C.I.A. Now they say K.G.B. Which is fine.”