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:
At least 39 dead in French terror attacks this evening. France has closed borders. US, UK, France fed ISIS. Not so funny now, is it?— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 13, 2015
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.
@wikileaks what are you saying? That the people of Paris do not deserve hope, prayer, empathy and solidarity? Your implication is disgusting— Ashley (@AD822) November 14, 2015
Another questioned the timing of the tweet.
Not the appropriate time to "make a point" https://t.co/zEstE9m1HH— Brumby (@brownbrumby) November 14, 2015
This is the reason for all the Assange (and for some reason Snowden) hate going around today. https://t.co/OTkvZqAMV3— Rohan Venkat (@RohanV) November 14, 2015
Have some shame @wikileaks. For Once, want NSA and GCHQ to get your ass— Joy (@Joydas) November 14, 2015
@wikileaks I think this tweet, regardless of accuracy, is in poor taste.— radical edward (@edwardjrathke) November 13, 2015
@wikileaks do you really think this is a good time for "i told you so?"— Mike Wilson (@AustinDaddy) November 13, 2015
The few who backed WikiLeaks called for an end to Western “meddling” in West Asia.
We must stop meddling. We took war to the Middle East, fed the bad guys and now they are attacking us here. https://t.co/IE0a1Jbd5I— george kazolias (@KazoliasG) November 13, 2015