The United States foreign policy reform organization, Just Foreign Policy, has issued a “crowdsourced” reward for WikiLeaks to publish the negotiating text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The organization issued an appeal online for pledges of donations toward the reward. As of August 27, the reward stands at $21,875.
On September 6, negotiators will go to Leesburg, Virginia, for the latest round of secretive talks on the “Trans-Pacific Partnership” agreement. This proposed agreement threatens access to essential medicines in developing countries, threatens environmental regulations, and threatens internet freedom. Even Members of Congress and their staffs have been blocked from seeing the draft text, while corporate representatives have been allowed to see it.
“Americans have a right to know what’s in this agreement before it is signed,” said Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy. “After an agreement is signed we’ll be told that it’s too late to change it. It was precisely to publish leaked government documents of public interest that WikiLeaks was formed.”
What is the TPP?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a multilateral “free trade” agreement for the Asia-Pacific region which some have taken to referring to as “NAFTA on steroids.” The agreement was originally between just three nations—Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore—with a fourth, Brunei, joining shortly after. Today, seven additional countries are in negotiations to join the agreement: Australia, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Eventually, every Pacific-rim nation could be included, making it possible for this trade agreement to affect the lives of billions of people.