Soldiers will not be allowed to catch up on Glenn Greenwald’s column in The Guardian Newspaper during their spare time. Reported first by the Monterey County Herald:
The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to the Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday’s Herald, but Armywide. Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since the Guardian broke stories on data collection by the National Security Agency.
Gordon Van Vleet, spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email the Army is filtering “some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.”
He wrote it is routine for the Department of Defense to take preventative “network hygiene” measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information.
The Guardian’s website has classified documents about the NSA’s program of monitoring phone records of Verizon customers, a project called Prism which gave the agency “direct access” to data held by Google, Facebook, Apple and others, and more.
The source of the leaks, 29-year-old Edward Snowden, is on the run from American authorities. He is a former contractor for the agency.
Van Vleet said the department does not determine what sites its personnel can choose to see on the DOD system, but “relies on automated filters that restrict access based on content concerns or malware threats.”