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Thread #104107 Message #2129279
Posted By: Nickhere
19-Aug-07 - 04:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: Wicked Impediment on WikiPedia?!
Subject: BS: Wikipedia - how reliable?
Computer program reveals FBI, CIA edited Wikipedia entries
17/08/2007 10:07 WASHINGTON, August 17 (RIA Novosti) - A new scanning
program has revealed that the FBI and CIA have been editing Wikipedia
topics ranging from the Iraq war to Guantanamo.
WikiScanner, developed by CalTech graduate student Virgil Griffith, has
traced editorial changes made to the online encyclopedia to FBI and CIA
computers, including the removal of satellite imagery of the Guantanamo
prison camp on
the island of Cuba, where the United States has detained suspected
terrorists since 2002, and redactions of articles on the invasion of
Iraq in 2003.
The program revealed that the CIA edited entries about its former
William Colby, altering details of his career, and that a graphic on
casualties in Iraq was manipulated to downplay the figures.
A number of commercial companies were also found to have edited entries
related to them, in clear violation of Wikipedia's editorial guidelines
disqualify people or organizations from editing articles that concern
However, a spokeswoman for Wikipedia's parent company, Wikimedia, said
online encyclopedia was in any event self-correcting, and that any
entries are usually quickly rectified.
The FBI did not have any comment, and the CIA insisted that all of its
computers are used responsibly.
© 2005 RIA Novosti
The link to the story is here -
CIA & FBI editing Wikipedia
I suppose the CIA and FBI might cite those all-embracing 'security concerns' in their editorial process, and it seems a bit unfair that people cannot directly edit information given on themselves, though I understand Wikipedia has strict libel policies. And of course the Doubting Thomases will point to the fact the story comes from a Russian news agency.