Greenpeace Leaks Secret Pro-Corporate Trade Agreement
On Monday Greenpeace Netherlands released secret TTIP negotiation documents. Greenpeace says that the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership, a trade deal between Europe and the United States, would considerably lower food safety and environmental standards. On the website, ttipleaks.org, it states that they have leaked the document to provide much-needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on the treaty. This treaty is threatening to have far-reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and the US. Greenpeace not only held a press conference on Monday to expose the negotiations, but also projected experts from the leaked TTIP documents on the German parliament building. They also set up a glass box reading room in front of the iconic Brandenburger Gate where the public could read the TTIP papers. Negotiations have been notoriously done in secret, behind closed doors, as they have with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With us to discuss the leaked document and why we should be concerned is Jorgo Riss. He's the Greenpeace EU director. He is joining us from Brussels. Jorgo, so good to have you with us today.
Watch: The Real News Network's interview with Jorgo Riss. Full transcript below.
SHARMINI PERIES: Jorgo, as exciting as the leaks have been, and what's contained in them, and before we get into that, let's talking about the process you underwent in terms of getting the documents and leaking them and putting it up on this new site.