The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) involves a 12-nation regional trade bloc that accounts for almost 40% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and about one-third of all world trade. The U.S. is leading negotiations and expects them to be finished this year. WikiLeaks published a draft, dated Aug. 30, that it says is the intellectual property rights chapter of the proposed pact that was debated in the 19th negotiating round. Intellectual property law expert Matthew Rimmer told the Sydney Morning Herald that the leaked draft favored U.S. trade objectives and multinational corporate interests "with little focus on the rights and interests of consumers, let alone broader community interests."
The destruction of Venezuelan production in favor of imports is worsening the scarcity problem and creating corruption by those who want to obtain bigger contracts, says a report by the private intelligence firm Stratfor released by WikiLeaks.
US administrations may change, but US interests don't. A recent leak of 1,918 WikiLeaks cables related to Haiti reveals the known - but rarely acknowledged - corrupt US dealings with Haiti. Despite a distracting veneer of red cross assistance and earthquake relief volunteers, it seems that a new cold war is developing, this time between the north and south of the western hemisphere.
Pakistan's civilian government complained to the US that it was being kept in the dark about American funding to the military and that money provided for the war on terror had been used for other purposes, according to secret US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took to the floor of both houses of Parliament on Wednesday to defend himself and his party from a growing furor over a WikiLeaks cable alleging government corruption
A WikiLeaks cable suggesting Indian government payoffs to lawmakers to secure support for a controversial nuclear deal in 2008 rocked the parliament Thursday, when opposition parties demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Soon after Coca-Cola decided to move into Libya in 2005, it received a harsh lesson in how the personal jealousies and brutality of the feuding family of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi shape the nation s economy.
After New Year s Day 2009, Western media reported that Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, a son of the Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, had paid Mariah Carey $1 million to sing just four songs at a bash on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.
A classified cable sent to Washington from the United States Embassy in Cairo in 2008 reported that a disgruntled midlevel Egyptian officer corps referred to the country s powerful defense minister, Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, as Mubarak s poodle incompetent and archaic but intensely loyal to his now-besieged president.
When Wikileaks Julian Assange allegedly gained the confidence of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, he received a mother load of confidential documents that the United States said threatened its national security. The release of those documents was condemned by the U.S. government and federal charges may still result for Mr. Assange. Look for Assange s photo at your local post office.
A former Swiss bank executive said on Monday that he had given the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, details of more than 2,000 prominent individuals and companies that he contends engaged in tax evasion and other possible criminal activity.
A Swiss banker whose actions caused a U.S. judge to briefly shut down WikiLeaks three years ago faces trial for allegedly distributing confidential documents showing how his former employer helped rich clients to dodge taxes.
On Nov. 29, the director of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said in an interview that he intended to "take down" a major American bank and reveal an "ecosystem of corruption" with a cache of data from an executive s hard drive. With Bank of America s share price falling on the widely held suspicion that the hard drive was theirs, the executives on the call concluded it was time to take action.
The king of Saudi Arabia wanted the United States to outfit his personal jet with the same high-tech devices as Air Force One. The president of Turkey wanted the Obama administration to let a Turkish astronaut sit in on a NASA space flight. And in Bangladesh, the prime minister pressed the State Department to re-establish landing rights at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
From hundreds of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan emerges as a looking-glass land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm and the honest man is a distinct outlier. Describing the likely lineup of Afghanistan s new cabinet last January, the American Embassy noted that the agriculture minister, Asif Rahimi, appears to be the only minister that was confirmed about whom no allegations of bribery exist.