WikiLeaks gets roasted for tweets on Paris attacks

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2015 16:47 IST
A person is evacuated after a shooting outside the Bataclan theater in Paris on November 14, 2015. A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed over 100 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. (AP Photo)

Transparency website WikiLeaks faced the ire of Twitter users after it posted a tweet in the aftermath of the Paris attacks that pointed to France’s purported role in the rise of the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The multiple attacks in Paris on Friday night left at least 128 dead and people in France and across the world used social media, mainly Twitter, to condemn the violence and express solidarity with the victims.

But even as the attacks were unfolding, WikiLeaks tweeted this:

In another provocative tweet, WikiLeaks posited that the Paris attacks were the “entirely predictable consequence of funding, training and arming Sunni extremists in Syria and Libya for years”. It compared the deaths in Paris with the “250,000 dead in Syria & Iraq” and contended both were “a direct result of US, UK, France feeding Sunni extremists”.

WikiLeaks’ reasoning did not garner many supporters, with several users condemning the handle for the timing and contents of its posts.

Even those who support WikiLeaks’ activism pointed out it was inappropriate to post such tweets while the attacks were underway. Others responded with more hostility while a few agreed with the transparency website.

Another questioned the timing of the tweet.

The few who backed WikiLeaks called for an end to Western “meddling” in West Asia.

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