Way back in 2010 it was confirmed in a series of Wikileaks releases that the US had played a crucial role in creating Spain’s plans for an anti-piracy law.The release of those cables by Wikileaks actually did a lot to hinder the law (at the time, we ran an article “Here’s How Wikileaks Killed Spain’s Anti-Piracy Law”). Then, after months of limbo, the controversial law was passed early this year.
So, how did it finally get passed after all that time?
Yes, US influence yet again. And not just influence, but threats.
El Pais has published a stern letter from the U.S. ambassador in Madrid, Alan D. Solomont, dated December 12, that reveals American anger that the law was not passed by President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (Zapatero, you will remember, was on his way out at the time).
Torrentfreak has describes the contents of letter:
Solomont’s threat was that should Spain not pass the Sinde Law (described by some as the Spanish SOPA) then the country would be degraded further and placed on the Priority Watch List. This serious step would mean that Spain was in breach of trade agreements and could be subjected to a range of “retaliatory actions”
While Zappareto never quite passed the law, the incoming right wing government, lead by Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy, did right away, and the “Spanish SOPA” became law.
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