This Wikispooks FAQ is intended for readers. Editors are directed to the to do page.
- 1 What is this site?
- 2 Purposes
- 3 How do I become an editor?
- 4 Others
- 4.1 Who has created this?
- 4.2 What's with the spooky triangle logo?
- 4.3 Why is there a page about me (or my organisation)... May I edit it?
- 4.4 Would Wikispooks publish information damaging to the "national security" of «state X»?
- 4.5 Where is this site hosted?
- 4.6 How secure is it?
- 4.8 I have a technical question about the Wikispooks site
- 4.9 Anything else?
- 5 References
What is this site?
Wikispooks was set up initially as a leak site with wiki functionality. It turned out that so much information was already out there on the net, that the more important function is the wiki aspect (notably missing from Wikileaks). The site had an anonymous submissions facility, but this was shuttered in January 2017. The site is not a leak site - it is not for posting classified documents.
Is it based on Wikipedia?
Yes (we use the same software, Mediawiki) and no (it's configured differently and has different content). Although one or pages here have imported material directly from Wikipedia, the vast majority of material you will not find on Wikipedia (and vice versa, of course - this site has only 28,047 pages).
What information is there here?
The site focuses on deep politics, especially the post-WW2 evolution of the US deep state. Currently 161 whistleblowers have pages on the site, and there is a lot information on false flag attacks such as 9/11 or Operation Gladio and the so-called "war on terror". Deep states and deep state milieux are a particular focus, so all 2955 known Bilderbergers have their own page, as do 312 past and present members of Le Cercle.
Reflecting the current editorship, the site has a particular emphasis on English speaking countries, especially UK and USA. About half the pages on the sites are stubs, very sparse pages which serve as placeholders for more detailed information (or pointers to other information sources). There are a lot of stubs about the JFK assassination, but these are not well connected.
How many pages/images/users/readers/etc. does it have?
Is this site censored?
If you can access the site from your nation state, then it seems not:-) If you saw information here which is no longer available, that is probably because, as a wiki, pages evolve over time. However, all our pages have complete histories, which -- unlike Wikipedia -- are not subject to censorship.
Why is there nothing about «topic X»?
The material on the site reflects the interests of our editors. Wikispooks has 28,047 pages, as compared to Wikipedia's millions, so the site is inevitably patchy. Unlike Wikipedia, which is censored, our omissions result from a simple lack of editors. If you're knowledgeable about a particular topic and wish to share your knowledge for the common good without fear or favour, you are welcome to join our team of 768 editors and contribute your insights to the project.
Is it English Only?
Unfortunately, yes. Foreign language sources may be cited but documents should posted on the site should be in English. Kindred spirits from other language groups interested in the project should contact an administrator.
The site is written by volunteers who believe that, in the words of Martin Luther King "there comes a time when silence is betrayal" and that "our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Is it a limited hangout?
Our policies encourage posting of complete documents, with sources attributed wherever possible. By requiring that contributions be referenced and that they cite original documents where possible, we hope to prevent the site from becoming a modified limited hangout.
Is it a "Fake News Website"?
According to the spooky (and anonymous) PropOrNot website it is. But then if you were an uncritical consumer of the commercially-controlled media, you probably wouldn't have found your way here. The idea of "fake news", launched in 2016, appears to be a counterproductive attempt to boost flagging faith in corporate media by smearing independent internet news sources. Wikispooks is proud to be one of countless independent websites to offer non-partisan opinions, backed up by primary documents and direct links to other available evidence. The first point on our editorial policy is to recommend referencing the facts stated by citing an external source. By January 2018, this site had over 50,000 supporting references.
How do I know it is not a honeypot or a modified limited hangout?
Note that in contrast to the lock-in characteristic of commercial enterprises, a comprehensive Wikispooks:Site Backup has been freely available for years, so edits you make to Wikispooks need not be lost if the site goes offline; an up to date backup could be used to revive the site elsewhere. This is not a leak site - only documents freely available on the internet are published here. Wikispooks:Policy recommends that documents be published in full, and that material here cites references.
How can I be 100% sure its declared objectives are genuine?
You can't. As with everything else in life, you can reach a judgment on the evidence. The site contains copious evidence that it's stated objectives are genuine and its editors would be keen to hear of any evidence to the contrary. The ultimate answer to questions about trust is that you have the word of the site operator, an individual whose credentials are set out clearly on the Wikispooks site. You believe them or you don't.
How do I become an editor?
If you are familiar with the site and wish to become an editor, you may apply for permission to help. Before applying, you should read this.
Who has created this?
What's with the spooky triangle logo?
A site needs a logo. This is the logo that User:Peter made when he set the project up. It's "wiki", it's "spooks"y. Shine a light in dark places through apparently impossible circumstances. What's not to like:-) ?
Why is there a page about me (or my organisation)... May I edit it?
Congratulations! You're one of only 11,419 people, dead or alive, who have a page here. It means a Wikispooks editor judged you a worthy subject for a page:-). If information here is inaccurate, especially in a case of mistaken identity, you are encouraged to get in touch. If you wish to make a personal contribution to your page, you may make an account, which will allow you to edit it. In this case, please state this when you apply to be an editor.
Would Wikispooks publish information damaging to the "national security" of «state X»?
Wikispooks policy contains an editor undertaking which requires that editors' primary loyalty is to the truth as they see it. We aim to be non-partisan in and use sources where possible. "National Security" is a label that is more or less arbitrarily applied by deep state operatives as occasion arises, so there is no way to know in advance whether any particular material will be so categorised. In any case, note that Wikispooks is not a leak site; it is for republishing information that has already available elsewhere on the web.
Where is this site hosted?
The live site is currently hosted on the Digital Ocean cloud infrastructure.
How secure is it?
We do our best. One way you might be able to access it anonymously is to use a proxy service such as Tor (but read our article on that software first). Another way which would help those with the technical competence would be to download the site backup and install it locally, so you can browse it offline at your leisure.
No. Editing this site doesn't require any programming skills. To see the source code of this page, click on the View Source tab (top right). This is MediaWiki markup, which can be easily learned as you go along.
I have a technical question about the Wikispooks site
First check if it's answered on the page on Wikispooks' technical aspects.
If you are a member and have a question not answered here, you can post it on the 'Discussion' page (tab at top).
- in late 2016 Wikileaks introduced: "Our Wikileaks" / "Research Community", but since then only a limited number of articles has been produced
- Not currently working as of December 2019
- To see a page history, click on the 'View history' tab in the top right. i.e. See this page's history here
- i.e. a deliberately misleading mixture truths, omissions and falsehoods
- Digital Ocean