the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, wrote to the International
Consortium of Investigative Journalists seeking additional
information from the group to aid his investigation into tax
avoidance claims, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.
The group on Thursday told prosecutors in Bharara's office that
it would not release unpublished data to them.
"ICIJ, and its parent organization the Center for Public
Integrity, are media organizations shielded by the First
Amendment and other legal protections from becoming an arm of
law enforcement," said Gerard Ryle, director of the consortium,
in a press release on the group's website.
The consortium still has not publicly released many of the 11.5
million leaked files from Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca that
media outlets around the world used to reveal how prominent
individuals and corporations hide assets and avoid taxes.
(Reporting by Julia Harte)
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