Wikipedia editor forced by French intelligence to delete "classified" entry

This story ends exactly how you expect.

This volunteer, which was one of those having access to the tools that allow the deletion of pages, was forced to delete the article while in the DCRI offices, on the understanding that he would have been held in custody and prosecuted if he did not comply. Under pressure, he had no other choice than to delete the article, despite explaining to the DCRI this is not how Wikipedia works. He warned the other sysops that trying to undelete the article would engage their responsibility before the law.

This volunteer had no link with that article, having never edited it and not even knowing of its existence before entering the DCRI offices. He was chosen and summoned because he was easily identifiable.

The "Station hertzienne militaire de Pierre-sur-Haute" entry is currently the most-viewed page in french-language Wikipedia.


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4 Responses:

  1. Jorm says:

    One of the best bits about this are things like this photo that show a ski-lift going up to the top of the hill. Obviously, a very secret location.

    Funnily, many Wikipedians I know are more interested in the impact this will have on the article for "Streisand Effect" than anything else.

    Of course, enwiki is now trying to make the English version into a "Featured" article.

  2. RyanE says:

    Looks to me like you should also have quotes around "intelligence" in the post title as well.


  3. So, now that someone's gone and put the article back up, are they going to call the dude back into their office to delete it again, and just keep rinsing and repeating every time it inevitably gets reposted?