Jimmy Wales still in the crosshairs

Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, is still in the crosshairs. When I last I wrote the story of his messy break-up with Rachel Marsden was hitting major media outlets. But I lamented that they weren’t tackling the conflict of interest and misuse of financial resources angle. Well, now the San Francisco Chronicle is.

This story definitely has legs on it, and the inconsistencies between what members of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees are saying to each other and then what they’re saying to the media really isn’t helping. Everyone knows the Wikimedia Foundation leaks like a sieve, so why in the world are you writing completely incriminating emails revealing that you know the categorical denials given to the media aren’t true? Just be honest with everyone. Stop circling the wagons around Jimmy Wales — he may have co-founded Wikipedia, but he doesn’t have much to do with it anymore. Don’t insist on bringing down Wikipedia with his ship.

3 Responses to “Jimmy Wales still in the crosshairs”

  1. Interested Observer Says:

    As far as the Board denials go – I’m sure if Jimmy has dirty laundry he’s not the only one. I really doubt his expenses were the only ones that had a little padding, quite apart from any other irregularities. They all have dirt on each other – so they’ll circle the wagons, because they know they can’t claim moral high ground.

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