WikiLeaks Releases Searchable Draft of Secret TTIP Agreement
Secret information service WikiLeaks has released a searchable and highlightable text of a draft version (April 2016) of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement.
The text of the Agreement was published by Greenpeace (Netherlands) earlier this month. According to WikiLeaks, the text will continue to undergo negotiations and legal review prior to signature.
The TTIP is a multi-trillion dollar international treaty that, according to WikiLeaks, is being negotiated secretly between the United States and the European Union.
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It remains secret almost in its entirety, closely guarded by the negotiators, and only big corporations are given special access to its terms, WikiLeaks says.
The TTIP countries cover half of global GDP and is one of the largest agreements of its kind in history. The TTIP aims to create a global economic bloc outside of the WTO framework, as part of a geopolitical economic strategy against the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
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According to WikiLeaks, the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dubbed the TTIP an “economic NATO,” comparing it to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military alliance.
Over the last two years WikiLeaks has published chapters from two other secret global trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), despite unprecedented efforts by negotiating governments to keep them under wraps.
Together with the TTIP, these treaties represent the “Three Big T’s”, affecting 53 countries, 1.6 billion people and covering two thirds of the global economy.
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They aim to create a new international legal regime allowing 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.
Of the “Three Big T’s”, the TTIP remains the least exposed to public scrutiny, and the most significant to the interests of the European public.
You can search throughout all of the documents via WikiLeaks Advanced Search. You can also select text in the HTML document and use the e-Highlighter in the lower right of the screen to generate a URL to share your highlights with others.
Photo courtesy: Greenpeace (Netherlands)