Ari Melber: Paradise Papers Show Ties Between Mark Zuckerberg, Kremlin…and Jared Kushner?
MSNBC host Ari Melber and his team of researchers and reporters took a deep dive in to the recent release of private documents known as the Paradise Papers and found some interesting financial connections that tie Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Russian investors with direct ties to the Kremlin.
Zuckerberg – and his odd silence on Russia interference stories — has been a frequent target of Melber’s, who has effectively shone his spotlight on a story the Facebook founder almost certainly would rather be ignored.
Much like the Panama Papers that preceded it, the Paradise Papers is a set of over 13 million confidential electronic documents that relate to offshore investments that were recent leaked to a German newspaper and released to the public this past weekend. The vast amount of documents allegedly include potentially embarrassing (and perhaps illegal) information on a number of high profile individuals from Sec. of Commerce Wilbur Ross to U2 frontman Bono.
Melber opened the segment by focusing on an early (2009) institutional investment from Russian National Yuri Milner into a then successful but not Internet-defining Facebook, airing an old Techcrunch segment featuring Milner and Zuckerberg celebrating the recently penned deal. From there things get interesting, which you can watch in the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.
The context of this segment, of course, is the 2016 General Election and the current investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. In the past year there has been wide acceptance Russians paid for ads and content in critical swing state districts to aid then-candidate Donald Trump in defeating opponent Hillary Clinton.
Some have suggested that the targeted ads were placed with the help of data-mining company Cambridge Analytica — a company funded by Breitbart financier Robert Mercer and employed by the Trump campaign — though those specific allegations have not yet been proven true.
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