Activist Group Offers Bounty for Trade Pact Draft Text

The group Just Foreign Policy is offering more than $30,000 for a leaked copy of the latest negotiating text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping trade agreement denounced by activists as “NAFTA on steroids” and “Global SOPA.”

Internet freedom advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation criticize the TTP for incorporating the same draconian intellectual property enforcement rejected by Americans when Congress tried and failed to pass the “Stop Online Piracy Act” earlier this year.

But these criticisms are only based on what’s been gleaned from earlier leaked drafts of the nine-nation free-trade pact, which is being negotiated in secret.  That’s why JFP launched its pledge drive to raise a bounty for the latest draft text.  As the group notes on the pledge site:

While 600 corporate lobbyists have access to the text, the press, the public, and even members of the US Congress are being kept in the dark.

The steadily rising reward for the draft won’t actually go to the leaker, however.  As the Daily Dot reports, directly paying someone for the leaked text would likely violate international law, so JFP will donate the bounty to Wikileaks if some transparency-minded soul sends the leak site a copy of the draft treaty.

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