Prokopiev’s Factory turns Wikipedia into slandering machine
Editors paid by the Capital circle block any attempt to correct the manipulations
9 March, 2018The Fake News Factory created by the Capital circle of Ivo Prokopiev and oligarchs Ognyan Donev, Sasho Donchev and Tsvetan Vassilev has expanded its network for lies to include Wikipedia too. Over the past few months, the slandering machine composed of media outlets and journalists employed by the indicted Prokopiev, Vassilev and Donev and their crony Donchev turned the so-called free encyclopedia into a battlefield for its smear campaign against MRF lawmaker and our publisher Delyan Peevski. The machine uses a while horde of Wikipedia editors, who claim to volunteer their contributions but are actually on the Factory’s payroll. The criminal group exploits the fact that the Wikipedia has become among the main sources of information for internet users. Few people know that the so-called free encyclopedia is no encyclopedia at all. Under Wikipedia’s rules, articles can be written and edited by anyone who has registration in the website as long as they cite sources. The latter condition is intended to protect the foundation behind Wikipedia from being held responsible for slandering statements. The problem is that no one fact-checks the content. This last circumstance is what the slandering machine’s mentors rely on so that their army of freelancers, paid by them and trained by grants-funded NGOs affiliated with them, can use Wikipedia to slander Peevski, both in Bulgarian and English. What is interesting is that higher activity is currently being registered in the English-language page dedicated to Peevski – perhaps fueled by Prokopiev’s and his cronies’ hopes that that would help them make foreign institutions believe their lies. Since last year, the oligarchs have been telling everyone willing to listen that the charges of complicity, tax crimes and involvement in CorpBank’s draining, the heist of the century, are a form of repression. It is no secret that MP Delyan Peevski, our publisher, is target №1 of the Fake News Factory because of the amendments he introduced to parliament and that are aimed at stopping the secondary plundering of CorpBank, and by extension severing the financial line to the slandering media machine. He also proposed amendments that would ensure complete transparency of the ownership behind print and online media outlets. Considering all of this, it is hardly surprising that the false Wikipedia profiles of Peevski in Bulgarian and English are constructed following the talking points against him formulated by the Fake News Factory. These are well-used misleading statements that have been disproved hundreds of times. One example is the claim that Peevski owns over 20 media outlets, which does not hold water when one visits the Commercial Register. The presence of the aforementioned talking points in the Wikipedia profiles of Peevski is easy to explain, considering that a third of the articles cited in the English version come from Dnevnik and Mediapool. The remaining two-thirds are materials the Factory orchestrates through people it has embedded in media outlets in Bulgaria and abroad and that are then copy-pasted by Dnevnik, Mediapool and their satellite publications. This, in turn, points to who is behind the slandering campaign and who pays the Wikipedia editors. Judging by the history of Wikipedia articles, the horde of editors obviously work for their mentors even on national holidays. For example, on 3 March, the date Bulgaria celebrates its liberation, there was unusually high level of activity on the Peevski Wikipedia article – most likely in response to the efforts of an editor outside of the oligarch’s minions to eliminate manipulative and old information and replace it with up-to-date and, most importantly, true facts. Despite the citing of official sources, the alterations were immediately removed and the profile was ultimately blocked so that objective truth cannot find its way to it. Whether Prokopiev paid his hard-working servants for the extra hours remains unclear but that the so-called editors blocking any changes differing from their talking points truly work for him is betrayed by some circumstantial clues. For example, some of the editors who worked on the slandering profile of Peevski also contributed to the Wikipedia page about Ivo Prokopiev. Unlike that of our publisher, Prokopiev’s page is nothing but positive. Among the paid editors, who hide their identity behind nicknames, a Wikipedia user registered as “quickfingers” stands out as the most tireless bee. A look at his activity on the article about Peevski shows that he intervened in it no fewer than 28 times. Interestingly enough, the Fake News Factory is apparently trying so hard to besmirch the lawmaker Peevski that it pays people on the other side of the pond too. Several days ago, Capital’s Bulgarian editors of Wikipedia were given a helping hand by a person registered under the nickname Alexius Horatius who presents himself as an American. Detecting the possibility of truth filtering through the carefully constructed barrier of lies, he temporarily blocked the Peevski page so that it cannot be edited, leaving all the slandering information and talking points intact.