[NYTr] Media Conspiracy: Vatican Mucked with Gerry Adams Wikipedia Entry

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Aug 17, 2007, 9:55:37 PM8/17/07
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BBC NEWS - Aug 16, 2007

Vatican 'edited Adams web page' [sic]
[They MEAN the Wikipedia entry on Gerry Adams]

A new internet tool shows how a Vatican computer was used to edit a
web entry about Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, American researchers
have claimed.

Wikipedia Scanner developers said they can trace where changes to the
popular online encyclopedia have been made.

They said news reports alleging Mr Adams's fingerprints and handprints
were found on a car used during a double murder in 1971 were edited.

Sinn Fein said it was calling for more stringent regulation of the

The Wikipedia page on Gerry Adams says it is "currently protected from
editing until August 17, 2007 or until disputes have been resolved".

The section, titled "Fresh murder question raised" is no longer
available through the online encyclopaedia.

Dr Kevin Curran, a computer expert at the University of Ulster, said:
"Either you were using their computer and you are an employee, or you
had maliciously hacked, spoofing the IP address and having people
believing that you were using their network.

"But nine times out of 10, we can almost say that yes, an employee of
that company or organisation has been making the changes."

The online tool that claims to reveal the identity of organisations
that edit Wikipedia pages revealed that the CIA was involved in editing

Wikipedia Scanner allegedly shows that workers on the agency's
computers made edits to the page of Iran's president.

The tool, developed by US researchers, trawls a list of 5.3m edits and
matches them to the net address of the editor.

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopaedia that can be created and edited
by anyone.


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