For those who like to use Wikipedia take some notes.
Although Jimmy Wales, the public figurehead of Wikipedia, tries to give the world the impression that his website is an independent entity, the reality is that the Wikimedia Foundation, of which Wikipedia is a project, has been directly dependent upon support from super-wealthy benefactors with connections to the pharmaceutical investment business.
Over the years, one of the most notable of the Wikimedia Foundation’s benefactors has been the so-called ‘Open Society Institute’. Now known as the Open Society Foundations, this organization was founded by the notorious chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, George Soros.
Links between George Soros, the Wikimedia Foundation and the drug industry
George Soros is a Hungarian-born currency speculator and multi-billion dollar stock market wheeler-dealer who has been convicted of insider trading in France. Accused in court by the Dr. Rath Foundation of having funded the ARV drug-promoting Treatment Action Campaign to the tune of 1.4 million South African Rand, Soros has invested heavily in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors over the years, buying large holdings in companies such as Pfizer, Merck and Monsanto.
Significantly, therefore, Melissa Hagemann, a senior program manager of the Soros Open Society Foundations’ Information Program, has previously sat on the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia. Hagemann has also worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – an organization that, like Soros, has invested heavily in the drug industry over the years and, according to the Los Angeles Times, reaps vast financial gains from investments that contravene its claims to good works.
Wikipedia: Jimmy Wales
In a revealing email quoted in March 2008 in the USA Today newspaper, Florence Nibart-Devouard, at that time the chair of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board, notably described Wales as someone who is “constantly trying to rewrite the past”.
Whilst we feel that Florence may not have been wrong, we suspect that she perhaps forgot to mention some of the other things that Wales has also seemingly been having rewritten.
Or don’t Wikipedia’s rules apply to Jimmy Wales? Given the mounting evidence that the facts aren’t welcome on Wikipedia, we can only assume not.
The Facts Aren’t Welcome On Wikipedia When You Challenge The Interests Of The Drug Industry