Transparency Pea Soup: The USTR Planned From The Beginning How Not To Be Transparent On ACTA

from the clear-as-mud dept

We’ve been discussing for a while just how anti-transparent the USTR has been on ACTA negotiations, making totally bogus arguments, such as the idea that negotiators would walk away from the table if they didn’t keep the document secret. Of course, it later turned out that it’s been the US who has mainly been behind the secrecy. KEI has been pushing for more transparency on ACTA from the beginning, and famously had an FOIA request on ACTA denied due to ridiculously laughable claims of state secrets. However, a more recent request on any USTR discussions about transparency turned up an internal email from Stan McCoy, assistant USTR for intellectual property, entitled “Transparency soup,” where he basically acknowledged the new (at the time) administration’s request for more transparency, and laid out a “plan” for how to have the USTR pretend to be transparent, without actually being transparent. For the most part, the USTR has followed those plans, showing that it had already dug its heels in to be as opaque as possible, while paying lip service to transparency.

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