WikiLeaks on Friday released intellectual property sections of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that was not to be made public until later this month.
The whistle-blowing website said it publicized documents in the mega trade deal among Pacific Rim nations because the editors are concerned about its impact on Internet services, patents, publishers and even medicine.
Those sections remain some of the most controversial parts of the TPP, which was negotiated in secret for nearly six years among 12 nations including the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam. Together, the group makes up 40 percent of global gross domestic product.
“If TPP is ratified, people in the Pacific-Rim countries would have to live by the rules in this leaked text,” Peter Maybarduk, a program director at government transparency group Public Citizen, remarked in a statement. “The new monopoly rights for big pharmaceutical firms would compromise access to medicines in TPP countries.”