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Wikinews has learned that a United States Department of Justice (DOJ) IP Address has been blocked on Wikipedia after making edits to an article which were considered "vandalism". In two separate instances, the IP address from the DOJ removed information from the Wikipedia article about the organization Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), regarding an attempt by the organization to secretly gain influence on the site. The IP address has been confirmed by Wikinews to be registered and used by the DOJ located in Washington, D.C.
On April 21, Electronic Intifada published a report based on leaked emails written between CAMERA and Wikipedia contributors who are allegedly planning to gain influence on the online encyclopedia. Information about CAMERA's campaign to influence Wikipedia was first added to the site's article about the organization on April 21 by user 'Bangpound', who cited the Electronic Intifada article.
According to the edit history on the Wikipedia article CAMERA, the entire subsection relating to this controversy was removed by the IP address 188.8.131.52, which is hosted by 'wdcsun30.usdoj.gov' and is used by the DOJ. The IP address removed information regarding CAMERA's plan to "cooperate with prominent Wikipedia editors to promote a Zionist viewpoint and oppose pro-Arab viewpoints on Wikipedia" at least two separate times, on April 24 and April 25.
[ripped directly from wikipedia]
In an April 2008 article on the pro-Palestinian news site Electronic Intifada, e-mails purported to have been sent between CAMERA members were published, which laid out a plan to cooperate with prominent editors of Wikipedia, the open-content online encyclopedia, to correct perceived anti-Israel bias on the site. A Wikipedia user reportedly advised the group that "One or more of you who want to take this route should stay away from any Israel realted (sic) articles for one month until they (sic) interact in a positive way with 100 wikipedia (sic) editors who would be used later to vote you as an administrator." Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a progressive media criticism organization based in New York City, writes "CAMERA's emails are particularly insidious in that stealth and misrepresentation are presented as the keys to success."
Originally posted by Master_Wii
I dont think anyone should block the IP address of any government agency. This is an obvious national security issue. Isnt it?