“Hello,” wrote the anonymous source to a German newspaper, “this is John Doe. Interested in data?”

Thus began what would soon become an international financial investigation into what are being called the Panama Papers—an investigation so massive that even whistleblower Edward Snowden, on Twitter, called it the “biggest leak in the history of data journalism.” It involved hundreds of journalists in dozens of countries scrutinizing more than 11.5 million files—that’s more than 2.6 terabytes of data …

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