On the afternoon of this Monday, November 21, the thread on Twitter about the TPP11 documents that disappeared from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that had been started by the lawyer, specialist in investment arbitration, Paz Zárate, continued to thicken the skein. But this time it was unraveled at once, with the intervention of @ terezana95 (who describes himself as: lover of the U, ties and Jorge VI…), who replied to Zárate: “here is the page whose existence the Subrei seems to have forgotten and posted the link.
This is the full ghost version of the “missing” page that can be found on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine site. A digital library created in 1996 by Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat, managed by a nonprofit organization dedicated to archival preservation, public site captures, and books. Originally it was intended for the use of researchers, but it diversified and currently it is estimated that it has about 4.1 billion files. And among them… that of the Undersecretary of International Economic Relations (Subrei).
The grace of this library is that it allows you to access an old version of a web page and view all the changes that were made to its history.
By entering the link you can find the page as it was, even with the logo of the Chilean government. Entitled TPP11 Trans-Pacific Agreement, it contains a menu with general background of the agreement, the different chapters, the regional benefits, infographics, videos and attachments, all in downloadable files.
File deletion alert
It was the lawyer Paz Zárate who denounced on Sunday on her Twitter account the elimination of the documents associated with the Comprehensive and Progressive Treaty of Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP, better known as TPP11) on the website www.tpp11.cl.
“All the minutes and explanatory documents related to the TPP (produced for a decade) were deleted from the specialized site http://tpp11.cl. There was no history left,” Zárate said on the social network.
“It violates principles of legality, transparency and administrative probity to make public documents that are property of the State and that contain its reliable history disappear, especially since Chile (the Michelle Bachelet Government) had a central role in its post-exit rearmament from the US,” Zarate added.
Likewise, he pointed out that “we are several people who notice this massive deletion of documents. I imagine that former officials, naturally, will have support from minutes drawn up in these years, as well as from the videos in which they participated (and that now perhaps, post complaint, they could be deleted)”.
It is dishonest to erase reality that does not conform to the Undersecretary’s narrative.
I make a complaint: all the minutes and explanatory documents related to the TPP (produced during a decade), were deleted from the specialized site https://t.co/GNS5rdlKUa.
Text left without history
— Paz Zárate (@paz_zarateb) November 20, 2022
From the Subrei they pointed out to this medium that “no document has been deleted, all the texts that (Zárate) alludes to about the CPTPP are in the studies and documents section of our institutional website.”
“In addition, we have a search engine that can help you find documents https://www.subrei.gob.cl/estudios-y-documentos/otros-documentos
It is also possible to find information at this link https://www.subrei.gob.cl/acuerdos-comerciales/acuerdo-transpacifico-tpp11/”, they added.
The lawyer replied again on Twitter: “http://tpp11.cl redirects to https://subrei.gob.cl/acuerdos-comerciales/acuerdo-transpacifico-tpp11/…. And there all the 10-year-old material on the treaty was erased, leaving only text.
“There are many of us familiar with the treaty and the Subrei site (including former officials) who have verified the deletion for months,” Zárate added.