WASHINGTON–The US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has been caught conducting covert propaganda attacks on the internet. The attacks, exposed by government transparency group Wikileaks, include deleting detainees’ ID numbers from Wikipedia, the systematic posting of unattributed “self praise” comments on news organization web sites in response to negative press, boosting pro-Guantanamo stories on the internet news site Digg and even modifying Fidel Castro’s encyclopedia article to describe the Cuban president as “an admitted transexual” [sic].
It is the author’s very modest opinion that Wikipedia is an accurate and stable source of information for technical and scientific subjects, in particular for information that is widely established and accepted. But for (specially recent) historical and political issues, it’s use as an information source should be completely avoided. For these issues, printed and reviewed press should be used. While it is also liable to manipulation, it is much more difficult (and costly) to do so.