from Collective-Evolution Website
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been seeking refuge for close to three years inside Ecuador's Embassy in London where he has political asylum. Facing both investigations in Sweden and the US, he claims that he is doing well despite his circumstances.
Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning on claims of sexual misconduct, however no charges have been formally filed against him.
In the US, a secret grand jury is investigating him for his role in publishing a collection of leaked documents regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well as state department modes of communication known as cables.
And despite Assange's asylum, WikiLeaks continues to disclose documents from leaked drafts of the British nuclear submarine whistleblower William McNeilly, and hidden information about a European union plan that seeks to use military force in order to curb the influx of migrants from Libya.
Of the latter, WikiLeaks said,
It would allow them to cover 40 percent of the global economy. The agreement was reached just this past October, after seven years of negotiations.
But as these matters of economic concern continue to be negotiated amongst the countries, details continue to be hidden from the public while WikiLeaks discloses information, like the "Investment Chapter," which discusses the US negotiators' motive to allow corporations to sue governments if their laws disrupt future profits a company has declared.
Assange says the plan could "chill" the approval of health and environmental administrations.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! (below video) sat down at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for an exclusive interview with Assange to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the US debate of what WikiLeaks has revealed concerning the treaty.
To provide an example of how corporations can sue governments, Assange provides this example:
And to put this idea into practice, he discusses how similar measures have already been taken to affect environmental and health regulation laws, including in,
...which are all being sued by tobacco companies in order to keep health warnings off of cigarette packages.
Below is a video of Robert Reich, an American political economist and professor who served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, talking about the deal.
He was also Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.