Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Since Spying to Benefit Monsanto Is Not Industrial Espionage, It’s Okay


One of the examples I often raise to show how our government likely uses SIGINT to advantage specific businesses is the way the government helps Monsanto budge into markets uninterested in its products.

One WikiLeaks cable showed the US embassy in Paris planned a “military-style trade war” to benefit Monsanto.

I pointed out that WikiLeaks had revealed that our diplomats had proposed a “military-style trade war” to force Europeans to adopt Monsanto’s controversial products.

The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show.

In response to moves by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007, the ambassador, Craig Stapleton, a friend and business partner of former US president George Bush, asked Washington to penalise the EU and particularly countries which did not support the use of GM crops.
http://www.emptywheel.net/2014/02/15/since-spying-to-benefit-monsanto-is-not-industrial-espionage-its-okay/

Related News:

Dow and Dupont get green light to grow GMO corn in EU

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 19th, 2014.]

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