US Senate IP address linked to Snowden Wikipedia change from "dissident" to "traitor"


An anonymous person changed Edward Snowden's Wikipedia entry so that it called him "an American traitor" rather than "an American dissident." The editor's IP address is from a block assigned to the US Senate.

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.

Someone Using A US Senate IP Address Edits Wiki Entry To Change Ed Snowden From 'Dissident' To 'Traitor' [Tim Cushing/Techdirt]

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  1. That IP has a weird edit history.

    'Circle K International'
    'Edward Snowden'
    'The Five People You Meet in Heaven'
    'Donald E. Graham'
    'Tonga Room'
    'Pork'
    'Samanids'
    'Samarkand'
    'Ruger Super Redhawk'

    Is this one person with...eclectic...interests and a sense of nationalist butthurt or does the IP float around between ancient middle-east enthusiasts, followers of pop-schlock inspirational literature, and gun enthusiasts?

  2. The IP block is probably common to the whole Senate, or at least one office building. Let's hope this was just some low-level intern having a lark and not, say, Mitch McConnell.

    I saw this story a few days ago and wanted to share it with you guys, but I had no idea how to do that.

  3. He or she should of used Tor.

  4. Excellent trolling. My hat's off to you!

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