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CIA and Labour Party 'edit' Wikipedia entries

August 15 2007 at 11:40 PM

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CIA and Labour Party 'edit' Wikipedia entries

By Paul Willis
Last Updated: 3:19pm BST 15/08/2007

The CIA and the Labour Party have been caught editing their own entries on the online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, in an apparent bid to improve their public image.

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A new website that tracks the internet addresses of those using Wikipedia has uncovered a catalogue of companies intervening to ensure their entry is on-message.

Staff on CIA computers have been found editing entries on the biography of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.

Meanwhile, alterations to an entry on Labour Students, which removed a section on the rise of the career politician, were traced to Labour’s Millbank headquarters.

The deleted text originally read: "It is sometimes claimed that Labour Students has helped the rise of careerists within the party at the expense of more radical leftwingers."


A number of organisations have been accused of manipulating their entries on the site, which requires articles to have "a neutral point of view".

Microsoft was heavily criticised when it was revealed it had paid a programmer to "correct" details about some of its products.

In the US, Republicans and Democrats have been discovered massaging entries to suit their politics. An unknown surfer traced to Democrat HQ edited a page on the conservative American radio host Rush Limbaugh, labelling his 20 million listeners "legally retarded".

The Republicans were accused of replacing the term "occupying forces" with "liberating" in an article referring to the Iraq war.

The Wikipedia Scanner, built by a researcher at the California Institute of Technology, compares 5.3m edits made on the encyclopaedia against the internet addresses of more than 2m companies or individuals.

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  1. - Morse on Aug 15, 2007, 11:41 PM
    1. FAME! Labour's Millbank HQ (UK)- has similar 'unsavoury nose picking habits' to the CIA... - paula on Aug 16, 2007, 12:06 AM
      1. And you can't get much worse than that!... - paula on Aug 16, 2007, 12:09 AM

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