No 1356 Posted by fw, June 02, 2015
In an interview on Democracy Now today, Julian Assange spoke briefly about a $100,000 reward WikiLeaks is offering for copies of the full 29 chapters of the secret TPP document.
To see the full interview of Assange, which includes access to the complete interview transcript, and clips from the Reward video, click on the following linked title. Alternatively, below, is the transcript of the relevant section of the Assange interview followed by the full, 3:45-minute embedded Reward video.
Assange in his own words —
We are raising $100,000, which we think won’t be any problem at all, in pledges, for the 29 chapters of the TPP. Now, we have already obtained four and published four, but we’d also like updated versions of those four. Now, why is this so important? This agreement covers 40 percent of the global economy, and it lays the foundations for a new system of international law that will be embedded in all the economies involved. And it is a predecessor agreement to something called the TTIP, which is the U.S.-EU version.
This [agreement] is going to cover more than 60 percent of GDP. And it is the framework, if it gets through, of international law, and filtering into domestic law. It is the construction of a new world, a new way of doing things, a new legal regime. So it’s, in historical terms, the largest-ever such agreement negotiated. And so that’s the importance. But we also want to also demonstrate that whistleblowers who give information in relation to this, they shouldn’t be chased or harassed, they should be celebrated. They should be celebrated like the Nobel Prize celebrates people who do good work, for the Nobel Prize. And so, I think we can achieve not just encouragement and incentive for people to look for such information, but rather, we can award and celebrate their courage and tenacity in getting a hold of it.
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