WikiLeaks announced on Tuesday a crowd-sourcing campaign to raise a $100, 000 bounty for anyone who provides them with the final chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
“The transparency clock has run out on the TPP. No more secrecy. No more excuses. Let’s open the TPP once and for all,” said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a statement.
WikiLeaks and figures like Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren strongly oppose the TPP.
Particularly, Warren has criticized the President for fast-tracking the bill through Congress.
The fast-tracking means that Congress will not be allowed to review the contents of the bill before it is ratified.
In 2013, the President deemed that the TPP negotiations were classified.
Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has attacked the TPP as well.
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another corporate-backed agreement that is the latest in a series of failed trade policies which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs, pushed down wages for American workers and led to the decline of our middle class,” Sanders said in a statement. “We want American companies to create decent-paying jobs in America, not just in low-wage countries like Vietnam, Malaysia or China. The TPP must be defeated.”
Most concerning is that the TPP may tie the hands of future legislators.
“All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the Agreement. In the US, this is likely to further entrench controversial aspects of US copyright law (such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act[DMCA]) and restrict the ability of Congress to engage in domestic law reform to meet the evolving IP needs of American citizens and the innovative technology sector,” said the Electronic Frontier Foundation in their analysis of the TPP.
Checkout the video below for the details on WikiLeak’s $100, 000 TPP bounty.