conspirejIf you live in the US, you might be pleased to know that your tax dollars are hard at work: Someone has been anonymously editing Wikipedia to blame the Cubans and the Russians for… uh… secretly spreading conspiracy theories.  And the edits are coming from inside the House!

According to @congressedits, a Twitter account that monitors anonymous Wikipedia edits from inside congress, the Wiki page for “Moon landing conspiracy theories” was just edited by someone inside the US House of Representatives to implicate the Cuban government in spreading the conspiracy myth.

Previously the page read:

The ”’Moon landing conspiracy theories”’ claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated Moon landings were hoaxes staged by NASA with the aid of other organizations. The most notable claim is that the six manned landings (1969–1972) were faked and that twelve Apollo astronauts did not actually walk on the Moon.

But earlier today, the page was anonymously edited to read (changes in bold):

The ”’Moon landing conspiracy theories”’ are conspiracy theories, promoted by the Cuban government, that claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated Moon landings were hoaxes staged by NASA with the aid of other organizations. The most notable claim is that the six manned landings (1969–1972) were faked and that twelve Apollo astronauts did not actually walk on the Moon.

According to Wikipedia’s edit history for the page, the changes were made by IP address 143.231.249.138, which resolves to house.gov. That same IP address recently edited the page dedicated to Diana Princess of Wales (adding in her reputation as a markswoman), COINTELPRO (removing the claim that the FBI acted illegally) and Bohemian Grove (adding the single word “allegedly“).

More interestingly, a user at the same IP address added a line blaming the Cubans for the assassination of John F Kennedy, inserted claims that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones might be a Russian agent and changed former RT journalist Abby Martin’s bio to describe her as a “Russian propagandist.”

And just in case the above isn’t enough to get you reaching for your tinfoil hat, someone at house.gov also added the following line to the Wikipedia page for the Nevada Test and Training Range

In spite of allegations to the contrary, the claims that extraterrestrials are housed in this facility are completely unsubstantiated.