FinCENFiles – The Biggest Leak of Financial Documents in History – 4 Hours Until Reveal #FinCENFiles

Ariel Kaminer (Global Investigations Editor, BuzzFeed News) Tweeted:

“VERY VERY EXCITED FOR TOMORROW when  @BuzzFeedNews unveils The #FinCENFiles an investigation into corruption on a global scale, the famous banks that facilitate it, and the government agencies that watch as it flourishes. 100+ newsrooms. 400 journalists. And a podcast!”


That tomorrow is now today, February 20th, 2020. Release time is slated to be 1 PM EST (Boston)/6 PM GMT (London)/7PM CET (Paris).

The BuzzFeed Podcast description reads:

Coming soon, Pineapple Street Studios and Buzzfeed News bring you a five part series. We can’t tell you what the title is, but it’s a global investigation of unprecedented scale that will change the way you think about how the world works. That’s all we can reveal for now, but you’re going to want to listen.


The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a cryptic statement about several impending news reports about a breach related to its anti-money laundering (AML) filing database, more than two weeks ago:

Immediate Release
September 01, 2020
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is aware that various media outlets intend to publish a series of articles based on unlawfully disclosed Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), as well as other sensitive government documents, from several years ago. As FinCEN has stated previously, the unauthorized disclosure of SARs is a crime that can impact the national security of the United States, compromise law enforcement investigations, and threaten the safety and security of the institutions and individuals who file such reports. FinCEN has referred this matter to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General.


Pierre Romera (CTO of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) Tweeted:

#FinCENFiles – coming tomorrow – exposes how money looted from government treasuries, scammed from pensioners, and generated through drug sales has been hidden across the world.

It’s the first join venture between @ICIJorg and @BuzzFeedNews, we couldn’t be more excited.


International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Tweeted:

Together with
and 108 media outlets from 88 countries, we’ve been working for more than a year on #FinCENFiles.


and Tweeted:

We reveal – in the words of banks themselves – how they deal with the offshore secrecy exposed by #PanamaPapers and other ICIJ investigations.


Scott Stedman (Investigative journalist and author) Tweeted:

Note on the scale of the #FinCENFiles, being released tomorrow at 1 PM EST at @ICIJorg, @BuzzFeedNews, and a ton of other places: There are $2 trillion in suspicious transactions being disclosed.


and Tweeted:

Biggest misconception here:

This isn’t a “story” – this is the biggest leak of financial data ever. It will result in dozens/hundreds of stories.


See What Is the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Twitter #FinCENFiles, BuzzFeed Podcast (launching within hours),