The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the most secretive trade deal in history. It is a defining deal for the Obama administration, solidifying their place in American history as the most secretive administration ever. And perhaps the most hypocritical, given Obama ran on a platform promising transparency yet did the precise opposite.
Despite greatly impacting the American people, even Congress doesn't have any input on the exact provisions of the trade deal.
Wikileaks has published excerpts of early drafts, which show lots of shady side-deals, measures to destroy the environment and the surrendering of Americans' rights to foreign governments in the interests of 'trade'.
In short, its a hand wrapped and delivered gift to American corporations and big Obama backers, at the direct expense of the American people.
On Tuesday, whistle-blowing site Wikileaks announced a plan to crowd-source a $100,000 reward for the remaining chapters of the deal it hasn't published. To date only three chapters of the shadowy agreement have surfaced.
“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 founder Julian Assange said in a written statement.
Interest in the deal between the United States and other Pacific Rim countries is so high because it would hurt American workers and the economy. At least according to the explosive first three chapters.
Even the three chapters, while giving some idea of what a deal would look like, are old, going back as far as 2012 and as recently as 2014.
The $100,000 reward is the first under a new program for the organization, in which users can pledge funding on the chapters they want the most.