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Forge for the master forger

"no, I'm not a Claas Relotius," he stresses, Wikipedia-author, called the "Snapperl". He has just been transferred as a Manipulator of the entry on the journalist's master forger. "I wanted to contribute something", not trying to justify the Caught, "not less." It is his last words in the online dictionary. "Snapperl" dives.

With him, one of the largest manipulation of the operations in the German-language edition of Wikipedia on the fly. Is stopped, an action to rescue the honor of the Claas Relotius .

On the 19. December 2018, as the "mirror" made itself known to the world, that with him in a big style fake had been, there was no Wikipedia-a contribution to the with award winning Reporter. Quickly wrote a Text to the forger of Dozens of reports and Interviews. In the first month, he was one of the most-clicked. To date, the biographical entry of well over 600'000 is been accessed times. Currently it is 7000 words long, counting the 154 foot-notes. Initially, he was shorter and more critical.

The manipulator group is glossed over according to and according to Relotius’ fakes.

The online encyclopedia anyone can participate. For example, "PreRap", which activates in the discussion. In his first contribution, he establishes a place in the Relotius with the legendary Reporter Egon Erwin Kisch is compared.

Gradually a newcomer to scuba diving more than a half-dozen other Wikipedia. Before you go forward. And refined. The manipulator group is not to be, as a group, perceived to be, glossed over, and according to Relotius’ fakes. The Rest of the lexicon, they have largely been ignored. Only here and there passages are decorated on a relatively small error of journalistic gems out. To belong to the so-blackened Researcher Hans Leyendecker or "mirror"the squad man Dirk Kurbjuweit.

In Major

The Tenor of The entire industry fake, Relotius is simply one of the most ingenious among many writers in journalism. No comparison, the manipulators are too small to take him to the online dictionary: Relotius is belittled as a "Karl May our days"; he also rates some of Tom Wolfe, Paul Auster and Truman Capote, the big US-Lite.

at the end of March a further Neuautor in the service of Wikipedia. He carries a special name: "Klussmann". Only the spelling is different than the new "Spiegel"editor-in-chief Steffen Klusmann. Now kindle "Klussmann" and allies of manipulators to the next level: so Far, has been fined, deleted, and gedreckelt. From now on, but also operates with a false and counterfeit Documents.

"Klussmann" is on Wikipedia more-quencher as a writer. At a stroke, he makes around 15'000 characters to Relotius’ modus Operandi in the case of the fakes disappear.

Relotius was known for a boost the most incredible protagonists for his reports. Or created. At the very beginning of his career he had portrayed in Communist Cuba, a very capitalist international tax Advisor. A powerful piece, where there are now strong doubts, also on Wikipedia to "Klussmann" and his comrades-in-arms proof for the existence of the man, a Yearbook, a German Foundation pre-create:.

The document is incorrect. In the Yearbook's nothing to tax Advisory in the Caribbean socialism. On the specified page, it goes to the reprocessing of the civil war in Sri Lanka. "This is the truth", is the name of a title.

"Klussmann" is on Wikipedia more-quencher as a writer. At a stroke, he makes around 15'000 characters to Relotius’ modus Operandi in the case of the fakes will disappear – that's around one and a half times the Text you are reading.

distortion propagates itself

"So it is sober, neutral and correct," justified "Delete Klussmann". He's not getting but. "Whitewashing," says a Wikipedia checker, "return to the last sighted Version." In contrast, Klussmann fights "" still shy. Then he disappears without a trace. Immediately new Relotius manipulators to dive again with false Documents. With an article from the "Basler Zeitung" has to be underpinned that Relotius help his prize money to children's works has donated. But it's not a word about it. A Commission of inquiry by the lights, meanwhile, the "mirror"-Oeuvre of the master forger. 24. May it presents its final report. Wikipedia-manipulators are not afraid then in front of it, to falsify it. You do the subtle. From "manipulations", which the Commission writes, they make "short stories and fiction".

The tiny distortion propagates. The "Berliner morning post" takes the embellished about "short stories and fiction" unchecked from Wikipedia. Relotius appears now outside of the online lexicon not as a Manipulator but as a short story writer who has made a mistake in the industry.

To repeated requests for the topic of this article at Relotius’ lawyer was not answered.

"PreRap" begins in July, to defend one of the saddest Relotius-counterfeiting. He wants a conversation with a Holocaust Survivors recognized as real. This is, quite simply: In a "mirror"-review of the hundred-year-old from the United States says, Relotius have put words in her mouth. "PreRap" claims, the voice, and stimulates to take on an alleged correction, "at best, without the old lady "old" appearance". Other Wikipedians are looking for the right position. In vain.

The Showdown on Wikipedia begins in September, "a Thousand lines lie" appears. "Mirror"employee Juan Moreno, had unmasked his colleagues single-handedly, describes in the book his view of the Case. Relotius responding. He takes legal proceedings against the publisher and the author. "I have to accept false interpretations, and incorrect allegations made by Juan Moreno," he explains his warning. He was in his "large debt today is very aware of" and all that for which he was responsible.

Obviously, this includes questions as to the manipulation on Wikipedia not with. On the amount of requests on the topic of this article sought to Relotius’ attorney is not the answer.

Fictitious message

The Wikipedia manipulators miss much falls in Moreno's book. You try to wipe out some of the passages from the lexicon, the Relotius on the legal fight. Central is one of his early statements: Relotius had said that he could not take up a position at the "mirror" because of his sick sister. Relotius but only has a brother. Nevertheless, PreRap "claimed", the matter was not controversial. Experienced Wikipedians will look for the evidence, he indicates, but you find nothing. "PreRap" device in expository.

There's a new Wikipedia author suddenly appears and jumps on him – "Snapperl". He invites you to take a Screenshot, upload, a media page, from the "world". A short message that proves everything can be found: A former "mirror"-the head of Department to proceed due to incorrect information on the diseased sister against Moreno legally. The Wikipedians get into the "world"-archive and find there is neither the short message to the media page. "To be honest, solidifies for me on this basis, the impression that it is your "Screenshot" a Fake, Snapperl," writes one of them. "Snapperl" responds: "I'm Sorry, but that is to me now to be paranoid." The allegedly paranoid Wikipedians asks, "Snapperl", which interests he pursued: "Personal maybe? So it almost appears to be."

"Snapperl" removed his Screenshot and replies: "no, I'm not a Claas Relotius."

But the fake is proven. Wikipedia-the control will initiate your immediate Check-User-method.

Eight user accounts to be checked. One in three of them – you Klussmann "" – there is no reliable results, because the manipulators were active for a long time. In the other, the result is clear and devastating: Five Wikipedia Accounts, including "PreRap" and "Snapperl", were controlled by the same computer. Due to massive manipulation they are at 30. September locked.

"PreRap" had been given, probably by a Lapsus, even his IP-address. The place is narrow, from which the manipulation action was allegedly controlled. Circumstantial evidence suggests that the perimeter of the North German municipality of Seevetal, where the small village of Tötensen is. From there, Claas Relotius comes.

Created: 07.11.2019, 21:53 PM

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