from the transparent-as-mud dept
However, the whole thing has been shrouded in secrecy. The USTR hasn't even said where the meetings will be held, who's attending or what the agenda is -- things that most other countries hosting these negotiations have released at least a week in advance. The latest report is that, contrary to earlier claims, this meeting will include more than just EU and US negotiators, so it's sounding more like a full negotiation. And yet... no one's really sure, because the supposedly "transparent" USTR isn't saying a word. Of course, as with all things ACTA, the more the USTR stays quiet, the more things leak: so a proposed agenda has leaked, and it certainly looks like a pretty thorough negotiation, rather than just the proposed "hash out EU/US differences" sort of thing. But, it's worth noting that the very last item on the list of things to be discussed (well, before "press release") is "transparency." I guess that's the USTR's version of transparency: don't tell anyone anything, but talk about transparency at the meeting.