Program shows CIA behind Wikipedia entries

Program shows CIA behind Wikipedia entries

By Michael Edwards

Posted Thu Aug 16, 2007 4:08pm AEST
Updated Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:55am AEST

Spin-doctoring: Anyone can edit entries on Wikipedia (File photo).

Spin-doctoring: Anyone can edit entries on Wikipedia (File photo). (AFP: Robyn Beck)

The world according to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia is in a constant state of update, as tens of thousands of contributors work to ensure the site’s content is correct.

But now an innovation on the site has confirmed a long-held suspicion: that Wikipedia is a prime target for spin-doctoring.

A new identification program on the site reveals that some of the most prolific contributors to Wikipedia are the CIA, the British Labour Party and the Vatican – and they are not just updating their own entries.

The Wikiscanner site shows the CIA has edited entries on many issues relating to the United States Government, including presidential biographies and descriptions of military operations.

It has also edited topics as diverse as Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and the singer Richard Marx.

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