Julian Assange, the founder of Wiki Leaks, has constantly lived under the threat of arbitrary detention in USA and Sweden but feels safer in Ecuador where he has got political asylum. He has fared well despite riding the storm.
Assange knows that he would be grilled for sexual misdemeanors in Sweden even if there is no formal charge sheet against him. He runs the charges of sedition in USA as well, therein charged of leaking vital security documents in the context of Iraq-Afghanistan war. He is also accused of tampering with communicating cables.
WikiLeaks, indifferent to Assange’s position, keeps posting hidden details about the European aspiration with military aid to resist Libyan immigrants into its shores. The details are ushered by William McNeilly; a whistleblower like Assange.
WikiLeaks said, “The documents lay out a military operation against cross-Mediterranean refugee transport networks and infrastructure. It details plans to conduct military operations to destroy boats used for transporting migrants and refugees in Libyan territory, thereby preventing them from reaching Europe.”
The secrets of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which accord between 14 countries on the Pacific shores has also been revealed by WikiLeaks. The involved countries account for 40% of the world’s financial powers and were sealed in October 2015.
Just as countries are in economic turmoil over recent occurrences, WikiLeaks keeps revealing important details, such as ‘Investment Chapter’ that empowers corporations to file cases against Governments for breach of financial laws.
Assange recently clarified in an interview in Ecuador that while the TPP agreement is kept under wraps from people and the media; its codes have been addressed to major 600 major companies. Laws are being drafted in the US to make the 14 countries privy to information, so they cannot defect going forward.
He has also given a pertinent instance of how private companies can file litigations against the Government. He has suggested that the companies can approach the court if the Government decides to erect a hospital in proximity to their existent private hospital for inevitable future dilution of profits. The Government will then be necessitated to compensate.
He has given very valid analogy in stating that tobacco companies in Togo and two more countries have pressurized the incumbent Government to ward off the statutory warnings on the cigarette packs, as this may jeopardize viability. The Governments in these countries have had to relent.
“Maybe the government is too powerful, and companies should have a right to sue the government under various circumstances. But it’s only multinationals that get this right,” Assange says. “Now, it’s not so easy to get up these cases and win them. However, the chilling effect, the concern that there might be such a case, is severe. Each one of these cases, on average, governments spend more than $10 million for each case, to defend it, even successfully. So, if you have, you know, a city council or a state considering legislation, and then there’s a threat from one of these multinationals about expected future profits, they know that even if they have the law on their side, even if this TPP is on their side, they can expect to suffer.”