Wikipedia Wales fighting PR disasters on two fronts

abrooks_beards04.jpg (Not that bearded Wales, Ed!!)

Russian massage parlours, expense fiddling allegations and bonking his lady friend’s brains out all night – the recent life and times of Jimmy Wales.
Yesterday’s Age broadsheet reports that:
‘The scandal engulfing Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has spread, with a former executive claiming Wales improperly used the non-profit organisation’s funds for his own lavish recreation.
Danny Wool said Wales had tried to claim the cost of items such as a visit to a massage parlour in Moscow and expensive bottles of wine. The claims come just as Wales’ messy break-up with a girlfriend he met via his free online encyclopedia plays out in the public domain. Wales was publicly humiliated by estranged girlfriend Rachel Marsden, 33, who released saucy instant message transcripts between the pair and auctioned off some of Wales’ clothes on eBay after he apparently broke up with her via a statement on Wikipedia. And while Wales denies he broke Wikipedia’s conflict of interest rules by helping Marsden clean up her Wikipedia entry, the leaked transcripts, published by Silicon Valley gossip blog Valleywag, suggest otherwise.

They show Wales going through proposed changes to Marsden’s Wikipedia entry; “Let’s actually do this right now,” Wales allegedly wrote, “Because the last thing I want to do is take a break from f—ing your brains out all night to work on your wikipedia entry.”

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