Froggy (infrogmation) wrote,

French intelligence attempt to censor Wikipedia backfires.

Ars Technica: Wikipedia editor allegedly forced by French intelligence to delete “classified” entry


"This volunteer, which was one of those having access to the tools that allow the deletion of pages, was forced to delete the article while in the DCRI offices, on the understanding that he would have been held in custody and prosecuted if he did not comply. Under pressure, he had no other choice than to delete the article, despite explaining to the DCRI this is not how Wikipedia works. He warned the other sysops that trying to undelete the article would engage their responsibility before the law.
"This volunteer had no link with that article, having never edited it and not even knowing of its existence before entering the DCRI offices. He was chosen and summoned because he was easily identifiable.
"The "Station hertzienne militaire de Pierre-sur-Haute" entry is currently the most-viewed page in french-language Wikipedia."

French Wikipedia: Station hertzienne militaire de Pierre-sur-Haute

English Wikipedia: Pierre-sur-Haute military radio station

See also: Streisand effect
Tags: censorship, wikimedia, wikipedia
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