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Before Jimmy Wales launched Wikipedia to smear alternative medicine, he ran a sleazy porn network


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(NaturalNews) The dirty past of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales' prior internet ventures continues to come to light, with new evidence now showing that the misinformation website's early launch was made possible, in part, by money obtained from a sleazy porn network.

A dot-com "bust" search engine called "Bomis," reveals an extensive report by WND.com's Judith Reisman, promoted nude images and other soft-core pornography in order to fund the original creation of Wikipedia. And Wales has apparently tried, ironically, to cover this up by repeatedly altering Bomis' Wikipedia entry.

A WIRED report from 2005 claimed that Wales "repeatedly revised the [Wikipedia] description of a search site he called Bomis, which included a section with adult photos called 'Bomis Babes.'" The original Wikipedia entry explained that Bomis Babes was "soft-core pornography," but Wales allegedly later changed this verbiage to "adult content section."

He also, on numerous occasions, attempted to remove all references to pornography from the Bomis Wikipedia entry, though the page today admits that Bomis "focus[ed] on X-rated media," and included "erotic images," "adult pictures" and other "explicit material."

"Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's creator, made his original fortune as a pornography trafficker," wrote Reisman in her piece on Wikipedia's origins. "Wales' cult of far-leftist volunteer editor zealots labor minute-by-minute to mislead readers who think Wikipedia's half-truths -- and worse -- are a legitimate 'encyclopedia.'"

The following screenshot taken in 2004 shows the type of content actively promoted by Bomis, with censors blacking out female nudity:

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Wikipedia founder threatens to sue news website for revealing pornographic origins of faux encyclopedia

Other screenshots captured by WND.com reveal that Bomis offered a special "premium" service as well where users could pay to see lesbian activity and other pushing-the-limit "soft-core" pornography. After this was reported, Wales reportedly threatened WND.com with legal action, accusing the site of making reckless, irresponsible and defamatory claims against him.

"I have never made any 'fortune', as a pornography trafficker or otherwise, and I have never been a 'pornography trafficker' at all," claimed Wales in a letter to WND.com, asking the news site to alter or remove Reisman's expose.

But Wales did, in fact, use money from Bomis' pornography offerings to jumpstart the creation of Wikipedia, though he denies that this money represented anything close to a "fortune." Even so, as much as 99% of the search queries conducted on Bomis were for "nude women," admits Wales, after earlier denying that 99% of the site's revenue came from "adult" advertisers.

In Wales' account, he made very little money from Bomis before it went belly-up, and he only collected a "modest salary as programmer and CEO." But the fact that the site trafficked pornography is simply undeniable, and Wales is now struggling to come up with a viable story as to the origins of his latest undertaking, Wikipedia.

Differing stories: Former Bomis employee says nearly all web traffic was for porn, while Wales claims almost none of it was

As far as what Bomis was primarily used for, it's clear from early imagery and screenshots of the site that pornography was a major driver of the site's content. A 2010 report in the Colorado Springs Independent shows an early photo of Jimmy Wales surrounded by two scantily clad Bomis Babes wearing nothing but short T-shirts and panties:
CSIndy.com.

Wales can whine all he wants about supposedly being defamed and libeled, but even his former employees know what Bomis was all about. One former Bomis employee who spoke directly to Natural News had this to say about the site:

"We all used to bike to work together in 1998 in Pacific Beach, San Diego," stated one former Bomis employee to Natural News about his relationship with Wales while working for the company. "99% of his traffic was for porn. I refused to index porn, so that was the end of my job. Really, it was just a sleazy porn ring search engine."

Wikimedia Commons loaded with child pornography and other illegal material

Even some of the content on Wikipedia today is questionable in terms of containing adult, and in some cases illegal, sexual material. Larry Sanger, who left Wikipedia in 2002, says that Wikimedia Commons, which includes Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikinews, and Wikiquote, is "rife with renderings of children performing sexual acts," as Fox News reported

Sanger first notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about this back in 2010, but the agency has yet to take action. Meanwhile, Wikimedia's Foundation Deputy Director Erik Moeller expressed somewhat of a sympathetic tone with regard to pedophilia in general, stating to the media, "If the child doesn't want it, is neutral or ambiguous, it's inappropriate."

This implies that if a child is willing, pedophilia is just fine, in Moeller's eyes, though he reportedly responded to allegations of supporting pedophilia by stating that he has "never defended the 'right' of pedophiles to abuse children."

But he does, admittedly, defend what he says is "the right of children of comparable age to engage in consensual, harmless sexual interactions with each other -- what's commonly called 'playing doctor', and also safe sex among teens." Moeller has also made statements in defense of underage children engaging in sexual behavior and also believes the definition for pedophile needs to be modified to be less inclusive.

"The real issue for Wikipedia and sites like it is who is monitoring the content?" reads a quote published by Fox News, taken from an earlier writing in condemnation of the Wikipedia model. "Who is accountable? And who exactly is responsible? Anonymous editors and contributors and a complete lack of transparency presents a real risk of uncensored content being distributed worldwide."

We've repeatedly warned our readers to avoid using Wikipedia because of the site's obvious bias against natural and alternative medicine. Published author, columnist and podcast host Mike Bundrant is currently working on an extensive book project to expose Wikipedia as a deceitful propaganda website that's not looking to find the truth, but rather to censor it.

You can learn more about the book, Unbiased: The Truth about the Healing Arts on Wikipedia, here:
KickStarter.com.

(Photo credit: Lane Hartwell/WikiMedia)

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http://truthwiki.org

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