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Correction of DPA article in respect to WikiLeaks and Steve Jobs HIV test

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April 19, 2009


An initial story released about the WikiLeaks project by German press agency DPA, contained an inaccuracy. The DPA has subsequently corrected its statement. Last year WikiLeaks, having developed unique expertise in the verification of leaks, released an analysis of two photographs of a HIV test for Apple CEO Steven P. Jobs. The photographs had been circulated by CNN's iReport, stock forums and other internet sites. The WikiLeaks analysis concluded with:

"Due to the contradictory dates, possible evidence of forgery, strong motivations for fabrication, and few motivations for a legitimate revelation, the images should not be taken at face value."

The release was to make the public and media aware of the nature of these photographs, which had been circulated widely, possibly in an effort to spawn rumor over Steve Jobs health status in order to manipulate the Apple stock value.

Initially the DPA article falsely claimed that the publication was an indication for the carefulness journalists and the public need to exercise when dealing with WikiLeaks material.

As far as we are aware, WikiLeaks has never released a misattributed document.

The DPA has acknowledged the error and distributed a corrected story. The pickup of the correction now depends on appropriate action being taken by newspapers that published the original misleading story.

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