Feds Use Insane Intimidation Tactics to Keep Soldiers From Seeing, Discussing WikiLeaks

The mass government freak-out over WikiLeaks just keeps getting more insane. The latest revelation is that soldiers in Iraq who try to access the WikiLeaks site on unclassified networks, or even just readabout the leaked cables in the media, are re-directed to a warning that they're about to break the law.

Gawker has the scoop:

A tipster wrote to tell us that "the Army's unclassified, NIPRNET network in Iraq has blocked every major news website because of the Wikileaks issue," going on to say that Foxnews.com, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, the Huffington Post, and a variety of other sites are blocked on the Army's unclassified network. A spokesperson for U.S. forces in Iraq disputed that claim, saying that the web sites aren't actually blocked—it's just that attempts to access them on the unclassified network brings up a warning page saying that you're about to break the law.

The feds have clearly lost it. Many of those soldiers receiving the warnings have security clearances that would have granted them access to the State Department cables before they were leaked.

And that's not all. Apparently the Social Security Administration has sent an alert to all its employees claiming that the WikiLeaks documents "remain classified and SSA employees should not access, download, or transmit them. Individuals may be subject to applicable federal criminal statutes for unlawful access to or transmission of classified information."

And the State Department has been spreading rumors that anyone who discusses the leaked documents on Twitter or Facebook "shouldn't bother applying for State Department jobs in the future."

And the Library of Congress has blocked WikiLeaks for all employees, plus everyone using its computer terminals.

Truly crazy.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 4, 2010, 7:11am

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