DND computers used to vandalize Wikipedia entry on fighter jets

Removal of information critical of Harper traced back to CFB Cold Lake

The rhetorical battle over Wikipedia’s entry on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)—and the Conservative government’s plan to spend $16 billion on the new stealth jet—is centered CFB Cold Lake, Alta., according to a report in the Ottawa Citizen. Users of the online encyclopedia have repeatedly vandalized the page about the JSF, removing criticism of the government’s purchase of the jets and inserting digs aimed at Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. But it appears the vandals aren’t simply disinterested observers: the computers used to alter the entry were on a Defence Department network and the Citizen has traced them back to the Alberta base that’s expected to be a major centre for the JSF. A spokesperson for the Defence Department says an investigation into the incident is underway.

Ottawa Citizen

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