US Military at Gitmo Caught Editing Wikipedia to Ridicule Castro [AUTHOR ORDERED REMOVAL]

Can I feign some offence at being a transgender veteran, and being associated by U.S. Military personal -- personnel assigned to Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the U.S. military command that runs the Camp Delta terrorist prison in Cuba -- with Fidel Castro?

Apparently, servicemembers at Guantanamo Bay haven't got the word about WikiScanner as yet.

Specifically, the Associated Press, the New York Daily News, and ZDNet have stories up about the changes Gitmo servicemembers have been making to Wikipedia; comments to articles about Gitmo detainees. Some of the changes on Wikipedia, per the articles:

- "Fidel Castro is an admitted transexual" (misspelling the word transsexual)
- deleted prisoner identification numbers from three detainee profiles (example: Prisoner No. 766, Canadian-born Omar Khadr. Khadr, 21, who has been held since 2002 and accused of killing a Special Forces medic in Afghanistan)
- changed the phrase "invasion of Afghanistan" to "war in Afghanistan."
Other online activities by Gitmo servicemembers:
Comments on news stories were posted by people using apparently fictitious names to news sites - and were prepared by the Guantanamo public affairs office, according to Wikileaks.
A comment on a Wired magazine story about a leaked Guantanamo operations manual that was recently posted on the Wikileaks website urged readers to learn about Guantanamo by going to the public affairs website, adding that the base is "a very professional place full of true American patriots."
And of course, we're left wondering if these are inept, official actions of the federal government, or inept unofficial actions by individual servicemembers:
Army Lt Col Ed Bush, a Guantanamo spokesman, said there is no official attempt to alter information posted elsewhere but said the military seeks to correct what it believes is incorrect or outdated information about the prison.
[Lt Col] Bush declined to answer questions about the Castro posting.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.