Netzpolitik reports the German Federal officials, who negotiated the ACTA Agreement, are unwilling to show up and become subject to public scrutiny. The Federal Government answers to a FOI request:
Das Bekanntwerden der Informationen zu den Personen, die für die Bundesregierung bei den Verhandlungsrunden zu ACTA anwesend waren, kann die öffentliche Sicherheit, zu der auch die Rechtsgüter der betroffenen Mitarbeiter gehören, gefährden. vorliegend besteht im Falle der Bekanntgabe der Daten der Personen, die bei den Verhandlungsrunden anwesend waren, eine Gefahr für geschützte Rechtsgüter der Betroffenen.
Making availble information about the persons which were present on behalf of the Federal Government in ACTA negotiations, may endanger the public security which included legal rights of the affected officials. In this case the provision of data about the persons who werre present in the negotiation rounds may endangers legal goods of the affected persons.
Indeed, many of the observers of the negotiations may be diplomatic delegates. A heated public discussion often misunderstands the actual role of persons in a complicated process. Still, who is willing to take the actual political responsibility for the German position? Who signed it off?
The government answer also talked about the nasty videos and blog post. True, many Commission officials were mocked on the internet, scrutinized by Parliament, and became subject to debate. This corresponds to the extraordinary powers they take for the predominately public task of changing the legal situation, where democracy kicks in. It is inconvenient to expose yourself, and it is usually upon the elected politicians who overtake this task.