In an attempt to gain full access in the top-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the documentation leaking website, WikiLeaks, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on its own platform to raise $100,000 reward for the remaining chapters of the TPP.
The TPP is a “proposed regional regulatory and investment treaty”. As of 2014, twelve countries throughout the Asia Pacific region have participated in negotiations on the TPP: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. Much of the TPP has been negotiated in secret, causing consternation from conspiracy theorists, advocacy groups and internet freedom advocates.
Wikileaks has already received three of the chapters (published) but they want it all. Its crowdfunding pitch reads:
“America’s most wanted secret. The TPP is a multi-trillion dollar international treaty that is being negotiated in secret by the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and others. This massive agreement has 29 chapters, of which 26 are still secret. It covers 40% of global GDP and is the largest agreement of its kind in history. The treaty aims to create a new international legal regime that will allow transnational corporations to bypass domestic courts, evade environmental protections, police the internet on behalf of the content industry, limit the availability of affordable generic medicines, and drastically curtail each country’s legislative sovereignty.
“US Senator Elizabeth Warren has said, ‘[They] can’t make this deal public because if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it.’ Over the last two years WikiLeaks has published three chapters of this super-secret global deal, despite unprecedented efforts by negotiating governments to keep it under wraps. The remaining 26 chapters of the deal are closely held by negotiators and the big corporations that have been given privileged access. The TPP is also noteworthy as the icebreaker agreement for the proposed ‘T-treaty triad’ of TPP-TISA-TTIP which would see TPP style rules placed on 53 nations, 1.6 billion people and 2/3rds of the global economy.”
The funding campaign has successfully raised about 30% of its goal. They may raise the $100,000 “bounty” to pay for the “monster trade treaty”.
The promotional video below.
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