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WikiLeaks Prank Targets New York Times

Published on July 29, 2012
by Peter Kafka

That New York Times op-ed from Bill Keller defending WikiLeaks? Not real, the paper’s former executive editor tweeted this morning. The Web prank fooled lots of people, including New York Times technology writer¬†Nick Bilton.

But wait — what if Keller’s tweet about the fake Keller column was a fake? (And have you ever really looked at your hand, man?)

I queried Keller via email, and got this response. I’m going to assume it really is Keller, not a “Matrix”-like construct:

Ah, the social media hall of mirrors. Yes, the “WL Post-Postscript” Op-Ed is a fake. (Though it steals a few lines from my exchange a few days ago with Matthew Ingram, which was real.) My tweet calling the fake tweet a fake was real. This tweet assuring you that the tweet about the fake tweet is not fake is also real. All clear now, right? Good. It’s been real.

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