WikiLeaks put a hit out on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal Tuesday, offering $100,000 to anyone who turns over the chapters that have yet to be leaked.
The government-document exposing organization already published some chapters of the secret deal, but it wants the whole thing. It’s also using crowdfunding to raise the money to pay the bounty. As of around noon Tuesday, 60 people had pledged $23674.17 to reward those who leak “America’s most wanted secret.”
“The transparency clock has run out on the TPP. No more secrecy. No more excuses. Let’s open the TPP once and for all,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a statement.
Opponents of the global deal argue that the White House shouldn’t be negotiating the terms behind closed doors with the other 11 Pacific Rim nations. Those critics, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) say they have a right to ensure the trade agreement has adequate protections for workers and the environment.
Proponents argue its a debate so fragile that airing the specifics publicly would thwart progress. They say the chapters already published by WikiLeaks, ones on the environment and intellectual property, strained talks by inflaming interest groups.
There are 26 “missing chapters” with focus on areas like telecom, labor and agricultural goods that WikiLeaks wants to get its hands on. It posted a video on YouTube showing people talking about the deal as a boon for big international corporations: