The US army is blocking access to coverage of PRISM leaks on the Guardian and others news websites at its bases, following the newspaper’s publishing of leaks related to the US espionage program.
The Monterey Herald reports that an army spokesperson confirmed its some restrictions on the newspaper’s website are in place across all US army bases, although officers can access guardiannews.com freely. Initial reports told of a local ban at the Presidio of Monterey site only, but the block has since been confirmed as “army-wide”.
An email from spokesperson Gordon Van Vleet, of the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), confirmed that the organization is restricting “some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.”
That statement suggests that other media is being restricted too. The Washington Post broke news of the PRISM program alongside the Guardian, so it would be expected that filters cover its reporting. Likewise, details and images that were leaked by Edward Snowden have been picked up many different media across the Internet.
“We make every effort to balance the need to preserve information access with operational security,” Van Vleet added, “however there are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information.”
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