USAF blocked the NY Times and many others access to websites
25 websites including The New York Times, Der Spiegel, the Guardian, and Le Monde are banned by US Air Force in the efforts of preventing the viewing of classified information exposed by WikiLeaks. This ban, however, does not apply to personal computers.
According to Air Force Maj. Toni Tones, this move approved by Air Force lawyers was spearheaded by the 24th Air Force which is responsible fo cyberwarfare and computer security for the service. The said group routinely blocks network access to websites that host inappropriate material including classified information.
"If a site has republished the documents, then we block it," she said.
At the White House, federal employees and government contractors were reminded that reading classified documents are not allowed without a security clearance, during and outside work hours.
The New York Times said in response "it is unfortunate that the U.S. Air Force has chosen not to allow its personnel access to information that virtually everyone else in the world can access."