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USAF blocks access to sites running WikiLeakage

The US Air Force is blocking access to web sites that even dare link to Wikileaks just in case - we imagine - its pilots realise they're really on the side of the bad guys.

The Guardian, El Pais, Le Monde and Der Spiegel have all been censored by the US Air Force and anyone who tries to view them get an "ACCESS DENIED, Internet Usage is Logged & Monitored" notice, along with the message that those accessing unauthorised sites could face punishment, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The Air Force confirmed that it has blocked more than 25 websites that contain the leaked cables obtained by Wikileaks and passed on to the four newspapers mentioned above. The Guardian is passing its cables on to the New York Times, so that's blocked too.

The claimed logic behind the move is that the documents are classified and the computers used by regular USAF personnel are unclassified. It can't have classified documents on unclassified computers, even - it seems - if those documents are in the public domain.

For those of our readers who don't fly around the globe bombing people to bits, there are some interesting cables here. We find the snippets down the bottom about people being taken away for taking photographs particularly enlightening.