Reportedly, The Guardian websites have been blocked for soldiers stationed outside of U.S. especially in the Middle East and South Asia.
Spencer Ackerman, who is a U.S. national security editor at The Guardian, reported that the U.S. army admitted to blocking access to parts of the website for thousands of defense personnel across the country. And now it has been revealed that the entire website has been blocked for troops in Afghanistan, the Middle East and south Asia.
Needless to say, the ban is a consequence of the National Security leaks published by the British news organization earlier in June provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Glenn Greenwald in particular was the first one to publish classified information regarding U.S. intelligence agencies “snooping” on almost the entire world.
According to the report by Ackerman, the block on websites comes directly from the U.S. central command which is the authority responsible for operations in Afghanistan, south Asia and the Middle East. They do not want to amplify “disclosed but classified information.”
This step might make things even worse for the already damaged reputation of the U.S. intelligence agencies, army and administration. It’s because the whole blocking and banning and filtering doesn’t go with the whole “freedom of information” image of the United States. And it also, to a certain extent, proves the U.S. administration and army has done something wrong.
One reader on the news website aptly noted that it would’ve been considered “censorship” if the Chinese army had done the same thing with their troops. Another wrote, “Thanks for revealing that the US military apparatus is actually a mushroom farm, you know...."keep them in the dark and feed them bull***t.”
So is the U.S. army really being hypocritical and mischievous? Does it really want to keep its military abroad in the dark? Is the military abroad going to remain in the dark?
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