Elisabeth Bauer was Jimmy Wales's first big perk as lord and master of Wikipedia. As with Rachel Marsden, the Canadian journalist at the root of Wales's recent woes, Wales and Bauer struck up a friendship online, over Wikipedia. And people are now saying Wikipedia paid for Bauer, known online as "Elian," to travel with Wales as an upaid Wikipedia press officer — a title he insisted on for her, though some argue she was unqualified for the job.
Former Wikipedia insiders describe the affair as an "open secret" — one Wales's wife Christine, from whom he is now separating, reportedly discovered when he returned from Germany with an article of women's clothing in his suitcase. If the charges about Wikipedia-funded trips for Wales and his German mistress are true, then that's not the only baggage he acquired from the relationship. (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)