The co-founder of Wikipedia recently made a stunning revelation regarding persistent suspicions of US intelligence meddling and manipulation on the famous collaborative online encyclopedia. Larry Sanger, the site’s co-creator, discussed the well-known “information warfare” tactics employed by US intelligence in an interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald on his “System Update” podcast. According to Sanger, these efforts have, to some extent, turned Wikipedia into a tool of “control” for the left-liberal Washington deep state.
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There have been observers who closely monitored and documented the US government’s engagement with major social media platforms and Wikipedia. Some of these observers commented, “the CIA is running Wikipedia, Wow, what a shocker.” During Greenwald’s show, Sanger stated, “We do have evidence that, as early as 2008, that CIA and FBI computers were used to edit Wikipedia,” and then asked, “Do you think that they stopped doing that back then?”
Sanger provided insight into the intelligence agencies’ tactics, stating, agencies “pay off the most influential people to push their agendas, which they’re already mostly in line with, or they just develop their own talent within the community, learn the Wikipedia game, and then push what they want to say with their own people.”
“A great part of intelligence and information warfare is conducted online,” he remarked, before going on to say, “on websites like Wikipedia.” Sanger refers to it as “the most biased encyclopedia” in history for this reason, among others addressed in the conversation.
According to him, US intelligence has been manipulating the vast platform and information repository for over a decade, as Wikipedia was established and appeared online in 2001.
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On the Biden-Ukraine conspiracy hypothesis in particular, Greenwald cited Wikipedia and noted that “there is a mountain of evidence showing that Hunter Biden was paid $80,000 a month by Burisma executives.” It is well known that executives from Burisma were “getting a lot in value in the way of access to Joe Biden, the most important US official on Ukraine,” according to Greenwald. “And yet, according to the Wikipedia article, this evidence doesn’t exist, it’s just a complete conspiracy theory.”
Greenwald sarcastically remarked, “Remember, this is supposed to be an ideology-free, neutral encyclopedia.”
Russia has previously fined Wikipedia for spreading misinformation after Wikipedia failed to erase five problematic articles.
To see the complete interview with the Wikipedia co-founder, please watch the following video:
In the Sanger interview transcript, Greenwald strongly criticizes Wikipedia’s handling of the entire Biden-Ukraine scandal. He expresses his disapproval of how the platform addresses the issue:
Both of them concurred on the fact that Covid-related entries were significantly influenced by propaganda and biased information:
Wikipedia “used to be kind of anti-establishment” a decade ago, according to Sanger, but it subsequently appeared to be hijacked. “Between 2005 and 2012 or so, there was this very definite shift to Wikipedia becoming an establishment mouthpiece. It was amazing. I never would’ve guessed that in 2001,” the site’s co-founder concluded.