The fall-out of Canada’s decision to buy 65 F-35s continues to build. Canadian defence journalist David Pugliese has traced scandalous edits on Wikipedia’s F-35 page to three computers at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, where the fighters will eventually be based. Here’s an excerpt from Pugliese’s article today:
Nine attempts were made July 20 and 21 to alter the online encyclopedia’s entry on the Joint Strike Fighter, including the removal of any information critical of the Conservative government’s plan to spend at least $16 billion on the new fighter aircraft.
Defence Department computers were also used to insert insults, aimed at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, into the Wikipedia Joint Strike Fighter page.
Ignatieff has questioned the proposed purchase. Quotes from news articles outlining opposition to the arms deal by University of British Columbia professor Michael Byers, a former NDP candidate, were also removed.