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WikiLeaks and FreeTPP
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 12 December 2013 - 12:00am
Last year, Just Foreign Policy started a campaign, called FreeTPP (http://freetpp.org), to crowdsource a reward for WikiLeaks should it find a way to leak the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. Over $30,000 in pledges came in in the first month alone. Over the following year, the campaign won numerous mentions from the media, including Moyers & Company and the Guardian, and made the front page of Reddit not once but twice.
By the time WikiLeaks released its first set of TPP documents—the full text of the most controversial chapter of the agreement, the intellectual property chapter, along with the negotiating positions of all parties—the award had shot up to nearly $75,000. With universal access to the draft text, those who opposed the TPP were better able to make their case to the public. We urged pledgers to follow through on their promise and donate to WikiLeaks.
But WikiLeaks was not done. Earlier this week, the whistleblower organization released a second set of documents detailing the positions of the twelve TPP countries on all thirteen of the draft agreement's chapters. The documents describe the pressure the US is exerting on other nations—and how close the negotiations are to failing.
There are many more transparency fights ahead of us. We plan to take some of them on in the new year. So if you like what we're doing, help support us.
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