Julian Assange on TPP: “Deal Isn’t About Trade, It’s About Corporate Control”

As negotiations continue, WikiLeaks has published leaked chapters of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership — a global trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries. The TPP would cover 40 percent of the global economy, but details have been concealed from the public. A recently disclosed “Investment Chapter” highlights the intent of U.S.-led negotiators to create a tribunal where corporations can sue governments if their laws interfere with a company’s claimed future profits. As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tells Democracy Now, the plan could chill the adoption of health and environmental regulations.

[It is about] erecting and embedding a new, ultramodern neoliberal structure in U.S. law and in the laws of the other countries that are participating, and… putting it in a treaty form. And by putting it in a treaty form, that means—with 14 countries involved–it’s very, very hard to overturn. So if there’s a desire, democratic desire, in the United States to go down a different path—for example, to introduce more public transport—then you can’t easily change theTPP treaty, because you have to go back and get agreement of the other nations involved.

Watch more from Democracy Now’s Julian Assange interview: Part 1 || Part 3 ||Part 4 || Part 5

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