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Secret Documents Reveal WTO-Corporate Collunsion

Closed-door meetings took place to set the agenda before the meetings in Doha, Qatar.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> NOVEMBER 12, 2001
> 7:54 PM
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> Secret Documents Reveal WTO-Corporate Collusion
>
> SAN FRANCISCO - November 12 - According to
> confidential documents obtained by investigative
> journalist Gregory Palast and posted on the
> watchdog website CorpWatch.org, top corporate
> executives carried out a series of closed-door
> meetings with government officials to set the
> pro-business agenda for WTO negotiations
> currently taking place in Doha, Qatar.
>
> Three confidential documents from inside the
> World Trade Organization Secretariat and a group
> of London's top finance executives calling
> themselves the "British Invisibles," reveal the
> extraordinary secret entanglement of business and
> government in designing the European proposals
> for WTO rules. Many of these executives are the
> European representatives of US financial giants
> like Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Goldman Sachs,
> Prudential Corporation and
> PriceWaterHouseCoopers.
>
> Palast, reporting for CorpWatch, provides the
> smoking gun that corroborates activists'
> long-time assertions that top corporate
> executives shape the trade agenda in the US and
> Europe. The documents come from the think tank
> Corporate Europe Observatory in the Netherlands
> and several other sources.
>
> Palasts's report, "The WTO's Hidden Agenda," can
> be found on CorpWatch:
>  http://www.corpwatch.org
>
> Documents are available at:
>  http://www.corpwatch.org/issues/wto/background/2001/lotis.html
> and
>  http://www.corpwatch.org/issues/wto/background/2001/gatsdocs.html
>
> CorpWatch is a watchdog group that works to hold
> corporations accountable on human rights, labor
> rights and environmental justice.
>
> Gregory Palast is an investigative journalist who
> writes a column in The Observer, Britain's most
> respected Sunday newspaper and regularly reports
> for BBC television.