A Tweetbot Caught the Russian Gov't Editing Flight MH17 Wikipedia Info

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Remember @CongressEdits, the tweetbot that alerts whenever a Wikipedia article is edited from a government IP address? There's a Russian version now, and it just uncovered some pretty drastic edits to a Wikipedia article that mentions Flight MH17, originating from a Russian government IP address.


As The Telegraph reports, @RuGovEdits tweeted that a computer user from within the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VHTRK) edited the Russian-language version of the Wikipedia entry about the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet shot down over Ukraine yesterday.

The original version of the Wikipedia article listing civil aviation accidents stated that MH17 had been shot down "by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation." Emphasis added.

The edits originating from the government-owned computer changed the article to read "the plane [flight MH17] was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers". Again, emphasis added.

@RuGovEdits alerted the public with a tweet that says (translated): "Wikipedia article List of aircraft accidents in civil aviation has been edited by RTR [another name for VGTRK]".

If @RuGovEdits is to be trusted (and considering the Wiki-twitterbot code is widely available on Github, it probably can be), it certainly seems like someone within the Russian government is working to hide the widely-held theory that Russian weapons were used to bring down MH17. But while Wikipedia might be malleable, it's also transparent. [The Telegraph via Amanda Zamora]



Speaking of facts:

Fact: The plane was shot down by a surface to air missile
Fact: The rebels have no planes
Fact: The Ukrainian military therefore has no need to use surface to air missiles
Fact: The Ukrainian military does have planes
Fact: The rebels therefore do have a need to use surface to air missiles
Fact: The rebels have previously shot down Ukraine airplanes with surface to air missiles
Fact: The only place the rebels could have gotten surface to air missiles is from Russia
Fact: Intercepted chatter proves there was communications between the rebels and the Russian military admitting to a "We f—ked up" moment
Fact: Russia is ass deep in the midst of the Ukraine crisis
Fact: Russia is going to pay dearly for this. Just wait and see.
Fact: If you cannot see the absolute logic of this and still think there is any question as to who is responsible then you are an ignorant moron or a Putin apologist, which is pretty much the same thing

Any questions?