The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

When the Bosses Don’t Like Leaks

Sep 14, 2015

Julian Assange, head of WikiLeaks, the association that has specialized in revealing information that the big economic and political powers don’t want revealed, has offered 100,000 euros (more than $100,000) to anyone who can get hold of the text of the TAFTA accord. This trade agreement between the U.S. and Europe has been in negotiations for more than two years.

The content of these trade negotiations between the big corporations and the governments defending their interests on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean has been kept secret, with few leaks of the details of the public-private partnership coming out.

One leak caused the European Union commission on trade in Brussels to announce that from now on nothing about the negotiations would be transmitted by electronic means OR on paper. The few people authorized at the negotiations had to go into a special room where they could not use their cell phones or anything similar, and could not even take notes.

The European minister for the economy had to go to Paris to find out the state of the negotiations.

This extreme desire for secrecy during the negotiations between European and American companies shows that nothing good is planned for the populations on either side of the ocean.

But then, this is nothing new in capitalist society, to keep commercial secrets, financial secrets, business secrets–not to mention military and diplomatic secrets among the big powers. This is the normal scheming of capitalism, which keeps its control carefully hidden from the population.