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August 06 2013

US Senate IP address linked to Snowden Wikipedia change from « dissident » to « traitor » - Boing Boing

US Senate IP address linked to Snowden Wikipedia change from “dissident” to “traitor” - Boing Boing

An anonymous person changed Edward Snowden’s Wikipedia entry so that it called him “an American traitor” rather than “an American dissident.” The editor’s IP address is from a block assigned to the US Senate.

Government employees editorializing entries isn’t uncommon. In fact, there’s an entire Wikipedia entry devoted to the subject. But editorializing by editors using government IP addresses rarely goes unnoticed.

August 05 2013

Snowden a friend or foe ? Wikipedia fight takes both sides | Fox News

#Snowden a friend or foe? #Wikipedia fight takes both sides | Fox News

Then — a mere eight-or-so hours later — someone with an IP address linked to the U.S. Senate, according to the Daily Mail, upped the verbal ante, surgically changing “dissident,” to the more inflammatory, “traitor.”

A search by confirms the IP address links to a computer located on the 6th floor of 2 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C., home to the U.S. Senate.

Exactly 1 minute later, according to Wikipedia’s publicly available revision history, a moderator named Ginsuloft changed Snowden’s all-important introductory description back to “dissident.”

In this case, Ginsuloft explained himself.

 “Hello, I’m Ginsuloft,” wrote the would-be editor/moderator on something referred to as a “talk page.”

“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… Thank you.”

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