Government Caught Changing Wikipedia

Government Wiki edits downplay high profile killings
Wednesday 06 August 2014 UK
Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News

A Channel 4 News investigation reveals Wikipedia edits to pages on Jean Charles de Menezes, Lee Rigby and Damilola Taylor made from government computers.

The spokesman for the family of Jean Charles de Menezes today spoke of his shock after hearing that users on government computer networks were found to have altered key information in his Wikipedia entry and sought to cover up police failings.

A Channel 4 News investigation today reveals government computers have added a slur and inaccurate information to the page of Mr de Menezes, and separately made edits that downplay the murders of Damilola Taylor and Lee Rigby.

The edits were all made from internet addresses that have in the past been confirmed as being on the Government Secure Intranet (GSI), the system through which government workers, including some police officers, connect to the internet.

All Wikipedia edits are visible in the history of the page, as is the internet protocol address that made the change, which can reveal the computer network from which an edit originates.

Government Caught Changing Wikipedia

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