The CIA wah wikipedia...

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6947532.stm

Wikipedia 'shows CIA page edits'
By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter, BBC News

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.

The tool, developed by US researchers, trawls a list of 5.3m edits and matches them to the net address of the editor.

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopaedia that can be created and edited by anyone.

Most of the edits detected by the scanner correct spelling mistakes or factual inaccuracies in profiles. However, others have been used to remove potentially damaging material or to deface sites.

Mistaken identity

On the profile of 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.

A warning on the profile of the anonymous editor reads: "You have recently vandalised a Wikipedia article, and you are now being asked to stop this type of behaviour."
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You'd thought the CIA would hide its IP addresses when tampering with wikipedia? Or has someone at the CIA a sense of humour?
 
#2
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.

The tool, developed by US researchers, trawls a list of 5.3m edits and matches them to the net address of the editor.

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopaedia that can be created and edited by anyone.

Most of the edits detected by the scanner correct spelling mistakes or factual inaccuracies in profiles. However, others have been used to remove potentially damaging material or to deface sites.


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.

A warning on the profile of the anonymous editor reads: "You have recently vandalised a Wikipedia article, and you are now being asked to stop this type of behaviour."

Other changes that have been made are more innocuous, and include tweaks to the profile of former CIA chief Porter Goss and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey.

When asked whether it could confirm whether the changes had been made by a person using a CIA computer, an agency spokesperson responded: "I cannot confirm that the traffic you cite came from agency computers.

"I'd like in any case to underscore a far larger and more significant point that no one should doubt or forget: The CIA has a vital mission in protecting the United States, and the focus of this agency is there, on that decisive work."

The site also indicates that a computer owned by the US Democratic Party was used to make changes to the site of right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

The changes brand Mr Limbaugh as "idiotic," a "racist", and a "bigot". An entry about his audience now reads: "Most of them are legally retarded."

We really value transparency and the scanner really takes this to another level

The IP address is registered in the name of the Democratic National Headquarters.

A spokesperson for the Democratic Party said that the changes had not been made on its computers. Instead, they said that the "IP address is the same as the DCCC".

The DCCC, or Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is the "official campaign arm of the Democrats" in the House of Representatives and share a building with the party.

"We don't condone these sorts of activities and we take every precaution to ensure that our network is used in a responsible manner," Doug Thornell of the DCCC told the BBC News website.

Mr Thornell pointed out that the edit had been made "close to two years ago" and it was "impossible to know" who had done it.


The site also indicates that Vatican computers were used to remove content from a page about the leader of the Irish republican party Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams.

The edit removed links to newspaper stories written in 2006 that alleged that Mr Adams' fingerprints and handprints were found on a car used during a double murder in 1971.

The section, titled "Fresh murder question raised" is no longer available through the online encyclopaedia.

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.

The paragraphs and links have since been reinstated.

Diebold officials have not responded to requests by the BBC for information about the changes.
The CIA have been fiddling and editing wiki pages, no surprise but the vatican one (editing Gerry Adams page) I thought was more alarming but seems to take second place in this bbc news story.

I like the way the CIA use 'wahhhhhh!'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6947532.stm
 
#4
SparkySteve said:
Whats a CIA?
Covert Internet Alterations. Otherwise known as 'They'.

No doubt this will be edited :)
 
#5
What about P1RA in the Vatican.... can anyone think of any reason as to why anyone at the Vatican would alter Mr Adam's page?

As for the CIA, it is an easy way to get mistruth to the masses!
 
#6
Wija72 said:
What about P1RA in the Vatican.... can anyone think of any reason as to why anyone at the Vatican would alter Mr Adam's page?

As for the CIA, it is an easy way to get mistruth to the masses!
He's running for pope. The IRA is seen as a preferred background to the Hitler Youth:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI

Following his fourteenth birthday in 1941, Ratzinger was enrolled in the Hitler Youth — membership being legally required after December 1939[4] — but was an unenthusiastic member and refused to attend meetings[5]. His father was a bitter enemy of Nazism, believing it conflicted with the Catholic faith. In 1941, one of Ratzinger's cousins, a 14-year-old boy with Down syndrome, was killed by the Nazi regime in its campaign of eugenics. In 1943 while still in seminary, he was drafted at age 16 into the German anti-aircraft corps. Ratzinger then trained in the German infantry, but a subsequent illness precluded him from the usual rigours of military duty. As the Allied front drew closer to his post in 1945, he deserted back to his family's home in Traunstein after his unit had ceased to exist, just as American troops established their headquarters in the Ratzinger household. As a German soldier, he was put in a POW camp but was released a few months later at the end of the War in summer 1945. He reentered the seminary, along with his brother Georg, in November of that year.
 
#7
I dread to think of the WIKI alterations in that case that have occurred from MOD Computers!
People who work in government organisations are likely to be the types who are up to speed on current affairs and are interested in news and politics and maybe into posting on WIKI and news discussions. This is just evidence of a world wide web of slackers posting crap instead of working!
 
#9
On the profile of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the tool indicates that a worker on the CIA network reportedly added the exclamation "Wahhhhhh!"

Sounds like Wikipedia is not the only website the CIA spend valuable donut dunking time on....
 
#10
Mr_Bridger said:
Wija72 said:
What about P1RA in the Vatican.... can anyone think of any reason as to why anyone at the Vatican would alter Mr Adam's page?

As for the CIA, it is an easy way to get mistruth to the masses!
He's running for pope. The IRA is seen as a preferred background to the Hitler Youth:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI

Following his fourteenth birthday in 1941, Ratzinger was enrolled in the Hitler Youth after winning Pope Idol — membership being legally required after December 1939[4] — he was an enthusiastic member and voted best recruit and always attended meetings though insisting on wearing a priests outfit in the field [5]. In 1943 while still a sex slave in seminary, he was drafted at age 16 into the German elite choir boy signal corps. Ratzinger then trained in the German infantry, but a subsequent biffchit with a forged signiture from jesus precluded him from the usual rigours of military duty. As the Allied front drew closer to his post in 1945, he held up an entire US armoured brigade for days by calling in almighty bolts of lightning and and tossing holy hand grenades when his unit ceased to exist. As a German soldier, he was put in a POW camp where he formed a gospel choir but was released a few months later at the end of the War in summer 1945. He reentered the seminary, along with his soul brother Georg, in November of that year.
I cant see how it is possible to edit entries and why anybody would do such a thing... ahem.
 
#11
jockass said:
Mr_Bridger said:
Wija72 said:
What about P1RA in the Vatican.... can anyone think of any reason as to why anyone at the Vatican would alter Mr Adam's page?

As for the CIA, it is an easy way to get mistruth to the masses!
He's running for pope. The IRA is seen as a preferred background to the Hitler Youth:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI

Following his fourteenth birthday in 1941, Ratzinger was enrolled in the Hitler Youth after winning Pope Idol — membership being legally required after December 1939[4] — he was an enthusiastic member and voted best recruit and always attended meetings though insisting on wearing a priests outfit in the field [5]. In 1943 while still a sex slave in seminary, he was drafted at age 16 into the German elite choir boy signal corps. Ratzinger then trained in the German infantry, but a subsequent biffchit with a forged signiture from jesus precluded him from the usual rigours of military duty. As the Allied front drew closer to his post in 1945, he held up an entire US armoured brigade for days by calling in almighty bolts of lightning and and tossing holy hand grenades when his unit ceased to exist. As a German soldier, he was put in a POW camp where he formed a gospel choir but was released a few months later at the end of the War in summer 1945. He reentered the seminary, along with his soul brother Georg, in November of that year.
I cant see how it is possible to edit entries and why anybody would do such a thing... ahem.
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#12
jockass said:
Mr_Bridger said:
Wija72 said:
What about P1RA in the Vatican.... can anyone think of any reason as to why anyone at the Vatican would alter Mr Adam's page?

As for the CIA, it is an easy way to get mistruth to the masses!
He's running for pope. The IRA is seen as a preferred background to the Hitler Youth:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI

Following his fourteenth birthday in 1941, Ratzinger was enrolled in the Hitler Youth after winning Pope Idol — membership being legally required after December 1939[4] — he was an enthusiastic member and voted best recruit and always attended meetings though insisting on wearing a priests outfit in the field [5]. In 1943 while still a sex slave in seminary, he was drafted at age 16 into the German elite choir boy signal corps. Ratzinger then trained in the German infantry, but a subsequent biffchit with a forged signiture from jesus precluded him from the usual rigours of military duty. As the Allied front drew closer to his post in 1945, he held up an entire US armoured brigade for days by calling in almighty bolts of lightning and and tossing holy hand grenades when his unit ceased to exist. As a German soldier, he was put in a POW camp where he formed a gospel choir but was released a few months later at the end of the War in summer 1945. He reentered the seminary, along with his soul brother Georg, in November of that year.
I cant see how it is possible to edit entries and why anybody would do such a thing... ahem.
Best laugh I've had all week. Classic :D :D :D :D
 
#15
dunstaggin said:
What's this waaahh business ?

Nicht verstehen !
Oh come on, we're never that tired. Wah! :lol:
 

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