Crowdfunding has been used for start-ups to get off the ground. Now WikiLeaks is using it to get someone to leak information about impending trade deals. The $109,700 will be used as a reward for one of Europe’s most wanted secrets.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by WikiLeaks that it was crowdfunding a $109,700 reward for any person who leaks the 26 chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP), and whose job might be at risk. The whistleblowing platform is most famous for revealing U.S. State Department cables.
WikiLeaks is raising $100,000 reward for the Trans-Pacific Partnership ‘TPP’:
The U.S. and Europe are currently negotiating the TPP agreement, which “remains secret almost in its entirety, closely guarded by the negotiators, and only big corporations are given special access to its terms,” said WikiLeaks on its website, and the 26 chapters are “Europe’s most wanted leak.”
On the WikiLeaks website, it also says:
“The three treaties, the ‘Three Big T’s,’ aim 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.”
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks said in a statement: “The transparency clock has run out on the TPP. No more secrecy. No more excuses. Let’s open the TPP once and for all.”
WikiLeaks is raising €100,000 reward for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ‘TTIP’ extended version:
Opponents of the global deal argue that the White House shouldn’t be negotiating the terms behind closed doors with the other 11 Pacific Rim nations. Those critics, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), say they have a right to ensure the trade agreement has adequate protections for workers and the environment, The Washington Post wrote.
According to Huffington Post, Warren recounted a supporter of TPP in Congress telling her the deal had to be secret, because;
“If the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed.”
Any money that WikiLeaks raises can only go so far. “WikiLeaks can’t protect anyone’s job, and there are serious questions as to the legal consequences a leaker might face,” says Erika A. Kelton, attorney at Phillips & Cohen LLP in Washington, D.C. Government whistleblower programs, on the other hand, shield employees who come forward, as well as offer financial compensation, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies [Full Documentary]:
It’s the second time WikiLeaks has turned to crowdfunding to try to obtain documents. In early June, it asked for $150,000 to reward whistleblowers who leak information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pending trade agreement between the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and others. So far, it has raised more than $108,000, donated by over 1,800 people, WSJ added.
WikiLeaks stated, the pledge system has been hailed by The New York Times as “a great disrupter”, which gives “millions of citizens… the ability to debate a major piece of public policy,” and which “may be the best shot we have at transforming the [treaty negotiation] process from a back-room deal to an open debate.”
Assange said: “The secrecy of the TTIP casts a shadow on the future of European democracy. Under this cover, special interests are running wild, much as we saw with the recent financial siege against the people of Greece. The TTIP affects the life of every European and draws Europe into long-term conflict with Asia. The time for its secrecy to end is now.”
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