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An online tool that claims to reveal the identity of organisations that edit Wikipedia pages has revealed that the CIA was involved in editing entries.
Wikipedia Scanner allegedly shows that workers on the agency's computers made edits to the page of Iran's president.
It also purportedly shows that the Vatican has edited entries about Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.
On the profile of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the tool indicates that a worker on the CIA network reportedly added the exclamation "Wahhhhhh!" before a section on the leader's plans for his presidency.
Wikipedia Scanner also points the finger at commercial organisations that have modified entries about the pages.
One in particular is Diebold, the company that supplied electronic voting machines for the controversial US election in 2000.
In October 2005, a person using a Diebold computer removed paragraphs about Walden O'Dell, chief executive of the company, which revealed that he had been "a top fund-raiser" for George Bush.
A month later, other paragraphs and links to stories about the alleged rigging of the 2000 election were also removed.
Originally posted by bodrul
just goes to show how unreliable wiqi can be and how easy it is to put properganda and lies to push ones agenda...
Originally posted by Essedarius
The exact opposite really.
Wikipedia just pulled the curtain back on the CIA and the Vatican.
Do you have any idea how many companies have the balls to do that?
Or have the people at Encyclopedia Britannica been sending you notices of which entries of theirs have been tampered with?
Originally posted by xmotex
Err, if someone at Wikipedia was trying to make the CIA look bad, I think they could come up with something a little more sinister than adding "Wahhhhhh!" to Ahmendinejad's entry
Anyways seriously, this is not the kind of work that the CIA would spend their time doing.
Originally posted by freeradical
The report mentions that the Vatican had also edited a Wikipedia page that showed Sinn Fein leader of the Irish republican party, Gerry Adams in a bad light. This page had a link to newspaper report that stated the reporters had learned about finger and hand prints found at the scene of a double murder in 1971 belonging to Gerry Adams. Someone originating from the Vatican had removed the links!
A database of 34.4 million edits, performed by 2.6 million organizations or individuals ranging from the CIA to Microsoft to Congressional offices, now linked to the edits they or someone at their organization's net address has made.