Seems the US has been caught trying to give public opinion a little push by editing the publicly written one stop shop encyclopedia we all know and
hate love, Wikipedia. In the page about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden the “anonymous” contributor changed Snowdens page to read traitor.
How do we know this was the government I hear you ask? Well in a move of outstanding stupidity or sheer uncaring arrogance this anonymous propagandist used a computer from within the US senate building. We know this of course from the IP address.
Here’s what fellow wiki contributors thought of this rather sad behaviour
Hello, I’m Ginsuloft. Wikipedia is written by people who have a wide diversity of opinions, but we try hard to make sure articles have a neutral point of view. Your recent edit to Edward Snowden seemed less than neutral to me, so I removed it for now. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thank you. Ginsuloft (talk) 20:54, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
- Might want to look a bit closer:NetRange: 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 CIDR: 188.8.131.52/16 OriginAS: AS3495 NetName: USSAA OrgName: United States Senate OrgId: USSAA Address: 2 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, N.E. 6TH FLOOR City: WASHINGTON DC StateProv: DC PostalCode: 20510 Country: US
- I guess we know who’s paying him.
- Amitabho Chattopadhyay (talk) 01:24, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
The following is a personal opinion based on my own ideas of what is true: A prime example of Government entities trying to influence the thoughts and opinions of their own citizens and others through any means necessary. Wake up United States Senate, people are learning the truth for themselves no matter how hard you try to sweep it under the rug. Not only that, but the mere fact that you are trying so desperately to discredit Edward Snowden only shows how deep your web of internet surveillance runs. If your ultimate goal is and truly was to protect American citizens, wouldn’t you be spending more of your time and resources defending yourselves rather than using it to sling mud at a so called “traitor”? GoldenWolfMuse (talk) 10:00, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
- As an experienced wikipedian and a site administrator, I can tell you that such things have happened in the past, and all they accomplished was to embarrass the person or persons behind the edits. If that was your goal, keep it up. If it was not, I suggest you find a better use for your time. See U.S. Congressional staff edits to Wikipedia for more information on past incidents of this nature. Beeblebrox (talk) 15:40, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
- Good lord, is the US government even trying to be subtle here? –Veyneru (talk) 17:34, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
You can see the revision at this page here : http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Edward_Snowden&diff=566904988&oldid=566903734
While there is no way of figuring out who actually did this piece of nefarious rewriting the fact that it comes from the Senate does seriously limit the possible suspects. We also don’t know if this was done in an official capacity or a personal one. However the very fact that someone within the corridors of US power would feel threatened enough to feel the need to do this says a great deal.