In a leaked letter sent to Spain's outgoing President, the US ambassador warned that if Spain didn't pass SOPA-like file-sharing site blocking law, Spain would risk being put into United States trade blocklist. United States government interference in Spain's intellectual property laws have been suspected for a long time, and now the recent leaks of diplomatic cables confirm this. Apart from the cables leaked earlier, now another cable dated December 12th says U.S. expresses "deep concern" over the failure to implement SOPA-style censorship law in the country. 'The government has unfortunately failed to finish the job for political reasons, to the detriment of the reputation and economy of Spain,' read the letter. Racing against the clock in the final days of the government, Solomont had one last push. 'I encourage the Government of Spain to implement the Sinde Law immediately to safeguard the reputation of Spain as an innovative country that does what it says it will, and as a country that breeds confidence,' he wrote.
- L4t3r4lu5 writes: "Spain is bankrupt. Putting them on an international trade blacklist is like refusing to serve homeless people in Harrod's."
- DCTech writes: "It would be fun to see U.S. threaten China about blacklisting them. Oh, wait, they can't because U.S. is so dependent on China that it would hurt U.S. more than it would hurt China."
- Krneki writes: "Dear US of A - Fuck off!"
- harvey the nerd writes: "Spain should pack a 25 kg box of patties from the running of the bulls, send 'em FedEx."
- firex726 writes: "Except by not passing the law Spain is not seen as an Ally. Far too often in recent history the US seems to be taking a "With us or Against us" stance when it comes to other countries internal dealings. They either do as we tell them, or else..."
- alphatel writes: "Blackmail: you're doing it right."