Censorship and torture, U.S. style

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Assange, in his online dating disguise
  • Julian Assange, in one of his many disguises

Oh no, now leakers are embarrassing our government the old-fashioned way, by leaking screenshots to a newspaper. Who needs Julian Assange's internet?

The Air Force is barring its personnel from using work computers to view the Web sites of The New York Times and more than 25 other news organizations and blogs that have posted secret cables obtained by WikiLeaks, Air Force officials said Tuesday.

When Air Force personnel on the service’s computer network try to view the Web sites of The Times, the British newspaper The Guardian, the German magazine Der Spiegel, the Spanish newspaper El País and the French newspaper Le Monde, as well as other sites that posted full confidential cables, the screen says “Access Denied: Internet usage is logged and monitored,” according to an Air Force official whose access was blocked and who shared the screen warning with The Times.

And, according to MSN, the Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs now views the free press as a form of netcrime:

Major Toni Tones, a spokeswoman at Air Force Space Command in Colorado, said the command had blocked employees whose computers are connected to the Air Force network from accessing at least 25 websites that have posted WikiLeaks documents. No complete list of websites was immediately available.

The Air Force "routinely blocks Air Force network access to websites hosting inappropriate materials or malware (malicious software) and this includes any website that hosts classified materials and those that are released by WikiLeaks," she said.

Know who else who won't be reading Le Monde? Alleged champion among leakers, Bradley Manning: he's too busy right about now being tortured.

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