As the highly secretive 12-country trade deal being negotiated by the United States and Pacific rim nations continues, Wikileaks on Monday has released two new documents that reveal information that would otherwise be unavailable to the general public.
Having received an advance look at them over the weekend, the Huffington Post reports that the documents, which were generated by one of the countries (but not the U.S.) involved in the TPP talks, show that the “Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications and restrict bank regulation.”
The latest leaks, which give a sense of where the talks stood since discussions took place in Salt Lake City, come as a new round of talks are slated to take place in Singapore this week.
According to the Huffington Post:
With the Obama administration pushing for ‘fast-track’ authorization in Congress—meaning that lawmakers would be forced to give an up-or-down vote on the presented trade agreement without the ability to add, subtract, or alter sections of the text—the notion of transparency and the anti-democratic nature of the negotiations have taken center stage.
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