WikiLeaks Offers $100K Reward for Secret Trade Deal

Julian Assange: 'Let's open the TPP once and for all'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2015 1:33 PM CDT
WikiLeaks Offers $100K Reward for Secret Trade Deal
In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, arrives at the Supreme Court in London.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

If you've somehow gotten your hands on the "missing chapters" from the ultra-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, WikiLeaks will give you $100,000 to hand them over. As for where that hundred grand is coming from, well, the organization hopes users are so anxious to see the document that they’ll help crowdfund the reward money in order to expose what a WikiLeaks video calls "a trillion dollar secret that will affect the whole world." In the past, WikiLeaks has published three draft chapters of the deal, covering intellectual property rights, the environment, and investment, Politico reports, but 26 chapters remain hidden.

"The transparency clock has run out on the TPP," Julian Assange says in a statement. "No more secrecy. No more excuses. Let's open the TPP once and for all." Though the details of the deal aren't clear, some say it covers far more than trade with Canada, Japan, Australia, Chile, and seven other countries. The battle over the deal has now moved to the House, where Obama needs fast-track authority to wrap it up, the New York Times reports. Critics worry, among other things, that the TPP will move manufacturing jobs abroad. (Click to hear from an adviser who perused the deal.)

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