Just Foreign Policy Issues $14,500 Reward For WikiLeaks to Publish Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiating Text

For Immediate Release
August 20, 2012

Media Contacts:
Robert Naiman, 217-979-2957, naiman@justforeignpolicy.org

Just Foreign Policy Issues $14,500 Reward For WikiLeaks to Publish Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiating Text

As of Monday noon, "crowdsourced" reward stands at $14,543

WASHINGTON, Aug 20 - The U.S. 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. On Friday, August 17, Just Foreign Policy issued an appeal online for pledges to make donations to WikiLeaks if it publishes the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiating text. As of noon Eastern Time on Monday, August 20, the reward stands at $14,543, based on 344 pledges, of which the median pledge was $25.

The appeal - and the running tally of pledges collected so far - can be seen at

http://freetpp.org

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. [1]

"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."

Partial leaks of the TPP negotiating text have raised concerns that the agreement would threaten access to essential medicines [2], would threaten environmental regulations that could be subject to new corporate lawsuits [3], and would threaten internet freedom. [4]

"Our growing reward for WikiLeaks to publish the TPP text shows the growing public concern about this attempted power grab by corporations from democratic accountability for government policy," Naiman said. "If WikiLeaks can publish the TPP text, allowing the public to see the provisions which U.S. negotiators are putting forward on behalf of the U.S. but are hiding from the U.S. public, it will dramatically illustrate that the public interest lies not in greater crackdowns on whistleblowers, but in greater government transparency in the first place so we don't have to rely on leaks to find out what the government is doing."

References:

1. "Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks: Senators Demand Access To Controversial Documents After Leak," Zach Carter, Huffington Post, 06/25/2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/25/trans-pacific-partnership-docum...

2. "Trading Away Health: How the U.S.’s Intellectual Property Demands for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Threaten Access to Medicines," Issue Brief, MSF Access Campaign, August 2012, http://aids2012.msf.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/TPP-Issue-Brief-IAC-J...

3. " The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (aka NAFTA on Steroids): What it could mean for the Environment ," Sierra Club, http://www.sierraclub.org/trade/downloads/TPP-Factsheet.pdf

4. "Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement," Electronic Frontier Foundaton, https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp

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