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Army Blocks Entire Guardian Website For Troops In Middle East And Asia

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US soldiers, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), stand guard on the outskirts of Laghman on June 5, 2013. The Afghan army and police have grown rapidly in a multi-billion international effort to build up the country's security forces, which now number roughly 350,000. AFP PHOTO/Waseem NIKZAD (Photo credit should read WASEEM NIKZAD/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

The US military has now blocked access to the entire Guardian website at installations around the world, the paper reported Monday night.

On Friday, reports surfaced that stories about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs had been blocked at Army bases around the United States. The reason given was that the military did not want its employees to come across any classified information online, even if that information had been put into the public domain.

But a spokesman told the Guardian's Spencer Ackerman Monday that the ban had been extended to all troops serving in Afghanistan, the Middle East and south Asia--and that the whole site had been blocked.

The Army does not treat all news sites the same, though: the Washington Post, which also published stories about NSA programs, has not been blocked.

(h/t NY Mag)

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