Martin Selmayr busted - by Wikipedia - for editing his own page

Martin Selmayr busted - by Wikipedia - for editing his own page
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Poor old Martin Selmayr. He had thought that, once he seized power as Secretary-General of the European Commission, he'd be indestructible - after all no one can fire him, not even the President. But his power grab, exposed by Jean Quatremer, has led to outcry all over Europe.

Emmanuel Macron has said the coup needs to be looked at and now even Wikipedia is turning against him. As Mr S noted last week, Selmayr appeared to have edited his own entry.

Changes made to Selmayr's page stressed that he has 'consistently denied' leaking details about the Brexit negotiations...

... credited Selmayr with working closely with Michel Barnier towards the 'sufficient progress' agreement on Brexit...

... and removed a reference to Selmayr's grandfather being convicted of 'war crimes' for his actions during the Second World War, adding that it's the 'British media' which frequently mentions his grandfather's service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the German army.

So was it Selmayr, or someone using his name? A week later, Wikipedia has called him out - suggesting that its page might have been used for puffery. A 'major contributor' to Selmayr's page 'appears to have a close connection with its subject'.

Wikipedia has asked for 'cleanup' but its appeal comes a bit soon because the story is far from open.

After Jean-Claude Juncker said he'd resign if his puppet-master was forced out, this raised a tantalising prospect: two for the price of one! Get rid of the egregious Juncker and, more importantly, the project he represents: the European Commission, starting to act not just independently of the member states but in defiance of their wishes.

This is the Selmayr project, and he has lined up Michel Barnier to be his new puppet once Juncker quits. Member states who like the idea of democratic control over the EU may wish to act now. And update Wikipedia later.

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