6.26.2009

UK Ministry of Defence blocks Wikileaks

·Whistleblower site made off-limits to personnel after publishing operations manuals used by troops.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jun/25/wikileaks-blocked-ministry-defence
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The Ministry of Defence is trying to block all internet access to the whistleblowing site Wikileaks from thousands of its own computers after discovering that dissidents have been using it to leak copies of British military manuals.
Newly obtained MoD emails reveal alarm over the discovery that Wikileaks is freely publishing manuals that are used by patrols in Iraq.
One email says: "There are thousands of things on here, I literally mean thousands. Not just UK MoD but other places as well. Everything I clicked on to do with MoD was 'restricted' ... It is huge."
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A Wikileaks source said yesterday: "Wikileaks has many alternative names. MoD site blocking has not prevented dissident MoD staff providing us with material exposing the UK involvement in Iraq and elsewhere."
Asked why it had blocked access to Wikileaks, an MoD spokesman told the Guardian: "MoD staff are unable to access Wikileaks because there is no compelling business reason to have the facility."
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