okay let's cut the bullshit
if you have information about illegal operations than you have the duty as a citizen to hand that information over to the police or the authorities. Point final. Especially if you have information about a taxfraud operation during one of the worst financial and economic crisises that have stolen the jobs, incomes and houses from millions of people around the world while the rich and superrich were helped by the banks who were saved with the taxmoney that otherwise would have been used for our schools, jobs and social security to hide their income as much as possible.
where are your morals
you have none. You say that you have never handed access to files or files over to government agencies and that you will stand by that policy.
It aren't even your files. You have laid your hands on a harddisk from former employees who have stolen those files from their former employer. You are a datathief in the strictest sense of this definition so don't start all your legal wringing and hocus-pocus. You are a pirate using stolen data and now you want to tell who has access to it and who doesn't ?
The other reason you say is because you say that the information is very difficult to interpret. Bullshit. You mean that some journalist who works some hours a week on such subjects on limited information and sources is better informed than a tax office and the justice departments and their international cooperation and all the legal resources they have. Who do you think you are ? Do you really think that the tax authorities and justice departments of today are just the civil servants of the 1970's without any computers ?
no, you are just a mediamarketingcampaign and you will only be that. Just as you say in your posting, you will be publishing articles for the rest of 2013 and 2014 while the offenders will have all the time to wipe out all the other evidence that will be needed to proof what is to found in 'stolen' evidence of which you even can't be sure that it will be hold up in court (and we are talking about millions, so the lawyers will use every trick in the book starting with attacking the evidence to get a trial suspended).
In fact the longer you are waiting with publishing the lists of names of persons and firms that are involved in this taxfraud scheme the more difficult it will become for the tax authorities and justice departments to find other evidence so that the other stolen information has not that much importance in court. Time is running out and you are only helping taxfraud, every day a little more and for what
and all that for a few articles in a few newspapers that will make less headlines over time (very fast in fact) because there is other more important news, because it is only of local interest or because the crisiscommunication strategies of the banks will get into full motion
This is journalistic despotism : all for the people, nothing by the people and the journalists think that they are the enlighted kings between all those stupid readers and civil servants they try to educate and help and who should be so grateful that they are still willing to do this for their benefit
if you were doing this for our benefit you would have given access to the tax authorities and published information, your articles are interesting but if the crimemasters aren't prosecuted, it won't change a thing because it won't bring one dime back to the state
to bring some of the money back you need a trial and to get a trial you need information and for that information you need access so you can start an investigation but there will be no investigation and no trial and no punishments because you are not giving access
so you are - by not collaborating - aiding a crime (legally that is)
and indirectly you are giving the state not the necessary resources and information to go after these schemes to get more taxmoney in so they have less to take on the simple people - like you an me (we even won't have money anymore to buy your newspapers with all your great articles about offshoreleaks :))
this obstruction of justice means that I will not stand in the way of any justice department or (legal or other) hackers in the way to get the data themselves
the best part of it is - nobody would blame you for being hacked, leaked and dumped and it wouldn't be your fault :)