Is The TPP Trade Agreement Freely Available To Read?

Regarding the TPP, Wikipedia states,

“Although the text of the treaty has not been made public, Wikileaks has published several documents since 2013. A number of global health professionals, internet freedom activists, environmentalists, organised labour, advocacy groups, and elected officials have criticised and protested against the treaty, in large part because of the secrecy of negotiations, the agreement’s expansive scope, and controversial clauses in drafts leaked to the public.”

The WikiLeaks website says that “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.”

United States 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,” according to WikiLeaks.

The remaining 26 chapters of the TPP trade deal are closely held by negotiators and the big corporations that have been given privileged access. Today, WikiLeaks is taking steps to bring about the public’s access to the missing chapters of the trade agreement.

The TPP is the largest agreement of its kind in history.  It is a multi-trillion dollar international treaty being negotiated in secret by the US, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia and 7 other countries. 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.

Sources claim that anywhere from 700,000 to 5 million jobs were lost in the U.S. due to the NAFTA trade agreement.

Wikileaks is also crowd-sourcing $100,000 as a reward for the rest of the agreement (26 chapters) that has not been brought to light.

The TPP bounty also heralds the launch of WikiLeaks new competition system, which allows the public to pledge amounts towards each of the world’s most wanted leaks. For example, members of the public can now pledge money on the missing chapters of the TPP.

(Updated article)

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