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Wikipedia founder says Snowden may have edited encyclopedia

Jun 25 2013, 11:13pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Wikipedia founder says Snowden may have edited encyclopedia

Jimbo has posted an interesting question on Wikipedia today. The founder believes Edward Snowden may have edited the encyclopedia.

While the search for NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, continues. Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, has reportedly launched a serious investigation to find out if Mr. Snowden actually edited the world's biggest online encyclopedia.

Although Wikipedia doesn't allow snooping of identities among editors, the rule may not apply to founder Jimbo Wales. Earlier today, Wales posted a question on his "Talk" page, asking editors for evidence that Snowden might have edited Wikipedia.

"I'm sure this has been discussed somewhere. In the media there have been reports of user accounts used on various tech discussion sites by Edward Snowden," writes Wales. "He was apparently quite an active person online, particularly a few years back when he was younger. It seems highly likely to me that he would have edited Wikipedia - most people who fit his profile (tech savvy, internet activist types) will have done so. Do we have any evidence of that, or suspicions about that?"

Jimbo's investigation may sound sensible to some extent, but other Wikipedia editors seem to disagree. Belgian editor "Fram" posted a dispute on the Wikipedia noticeboard saying, "A high profile admin is trying to find which Wikipedia users may have been accounts of Edward Snowden here. Connecting the real life identity of a person to account names used on Wikipedia is not allowed." 

Source: Examiner
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