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1. Cabinet Office - Hillsborough Wikipedia Edits

1. Cabinet Office - Hillsborough Wikipedia Edits

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WRITTEN MINISTERIAL STATEMENT CABINET OFFICE
17 June 2014
The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General (Rt Hon Francis Maude MP):
Hillsborough Wikipedia Edits  _____________________________________________________________________
Francis Maude:
 As the House is aware, the LiverpoolEcho reported on 25 April 2014 that extremely unpleasant amendments to the Hillsborough and Anfield Wikipedia pages, in 2009 and 2012 respectively, had been made from government computers. Further unacceptable edits to various other Wikipedia pages were subsequently discovered. The Government has treated this matter with the utmost seriousness. Our position from the very start has been that the amendments made to Wikipedia are sickening. The behaviour is in complete contravention of the Civil Service Code, and every canon of civilised conduct. It is entirely unacceptable. On 25 April we launched immediate enquiries. Our first priority was to establish the facts and to examine the issues raised. This investigation was led by the Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary, Richard Heaton, who is responsible for the Government computer network. He worked closely with the Director General for Propriety and Ethics and her team, as well as other senior officials. He was also advised by Mr Denis Edgar-Neville, Chair of the British Computer Society Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group and Head of the Centre for Cybercrime Forensics at Canterbury Christ Church University. From the outset we consulted and involved the Rt Hon Member for Leigh. Mr Oliver Duggan, the journalist who wrote the story of 25 April for the LiverpoolEcho, passed the Cabinet Office information which he believed could identify who was responsible for some of the edits in question. That information has proved extremely helpful, and provided a significant investigative lead. I would like to thank him for this and for co-operating with my Department over the past weeks. Extensive further inquiries were taken forward as a Civil Service disciplinary matter, in
volving potential breaches of the Civil Service Code and of individual departments’

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