Corporate Spies Revealed

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • HuffPost revealed the extreme lengths Monsanto, now Bayer, has gone to in order to influence the media, including planting a spy in the courtroom during one of the Roundup cancer trials
  • Among Monsanto’s emissaries is the British private investigative firm Hakluyt, which is regarded as an elite spy firm
  • Monsanto also has ties to PR firm Ketchum, which created a pro-GMO campaign called GMO Answers (with funding from Monsanto and other industry leaders like DuPont and Dow AgroSciences, along with FleishmanHillard, a PR firm that was reportedly involved in creating Monsanto hit lists
  • The nonprofit U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) has also been targeted by Monsanto, which produced written reports on USRTK’s activities, along with a detailed plan for how to deal with USRTK’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests

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