Wikipedia War Rages over NSA Leaker Snowden.

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Since his tell-all of the large-scale NSA domestic surveillance program, former contractor Edward Snowden has become a massively polarizing figure amongst Americans and the world at-large. Accordingly, the Wikipedia entry for Edward Snowden has come to reflect this, being edited nearly thousands of times over the past few weeks with words constantly being changed to reflect either a sympathetic tone or a negative tone, such as changing him from a “dissident” into a “traitor”, and so on back-and-forth. Not really important news, but the conflicting opinions of Snowden that have emerged are interesting to observe. As Fox News reports:

“…The early morning hours of Aug. 2 saw Snowden simply referred to as an, “American who leaked details of several top-secret United States and British government mass surveillance programs to the press. But by the afternoon, someone had altered the entry to reflect his new status as a “dissident who leaked details of several top-secret United States and British government mass surveillance programs to the press.”

In a vaguely humorous turn of events, the somewhat positive “dissident” was changed to a far more menacing “traitor” less than eight hours later, by a user whose IP address was traced to the Senate. As the Daily Mail reports:
“In a move sure to grind the gears of conspiracy theorists everywhere, a member of the US Senate recently edited Snowden’s Wikipedia page from describing him as a ‘dissident’ to a traitor, according to the entry’s changelog. The user’s IP address was quickly traced back to the US Senate. It is not clear if the person is an active Senator, a staffer or an intern, but the change certainly came from the Senate.”

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