HOLLYWOOD – Sean Penn has accidentally deleted the Panama Papers, it was revealed today.

Sean Penn was researching a new article about the tax havens detailed in the Panama Papers when he accidentally deleted the whole cache of documents. The Papers which have revealed high profile secret accounts facilitating tax avoidance and belonging to the likes of Vladimir Putin, the father of the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the new President of FIFA and the Icelandic Prime Minister. Sean Penn was given exclusive access to the files because of his celebrity status and as part of his new career as an ‘experiential journalist’:

They gave me them all on a thumb drive and I was going through them and it was getting late and so I pulled out the thumb drive. I didn’t do that thing when you’re supposed to eject the thumb drive first. But who has the time for that? I just yanked it out. Next day I couldn’t open the files. It was the craziest thing, because I assumed they had copies, but as it turned out, there weren’t any copies. So oops. My bad I guess.

The journalistic mishap comes only months after an interview with El Chapo ended with Chapo getting arrested and Sean Penn being largely derided as naive. However, Vladimir Putin applauded the We’re No Angels star as the kind of journalist the world needs.