Someone Using A US Senate IP Address Edits Wiki Entry To Change Ed Snowden From 'Dissident' To 'Traitor'
from the it's-Wikipedia,-not-an-opinion-page dept
Last Friday, the Wikipedia entry for Ed Snowden received a small, but charged, edit.
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The anonymous editor changed the word “dissident” to “traitor.” The edit appeared shortly after Russia announced it would grant Snowden asylum. This would be run-of-the-mill vandalism except for one fact: the IP address linked to the edit traced back to the U.S. Senate.
NetRange: 220.127.116.11 – 18.104.22.168
NetType: Direct Assignment
OrgName: United States Senate
Address: 2 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, N.E. 6TH FLOOR
City: WASHINGTON DC
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. Now, whoever did this may feel Snowden is a traitor but the verdict is still out (quite literally) on that. He’s been charged with espionage but until there’s actual court proceedings, he’s nothing more than a “dissident” (although that term has its problems as well), albeit one the government would like to have back in the US as soon as possible.
Why bother pointing out such a petty edit? Well, if it wasn’t for the IP address, no one would care. But it’s a bit obnoxious when someone in the Senate offices somehow feels the government doesn’t have enough power and takes it upon themselves to “set the record straight” by taking a swing at Snowden via Wikipedia.
(H/T to a handful of unnamed readers who sent this in.)