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					                                                              Phillip Molnar <pmolnar@montereyherald.com>



RE: Monterey County Herald (UNCLASSIFIED)
Van Vleet, Gordon M CIV USARMY NETCOM (US)                                         Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:10
<gordon.m.vanvleet.civ@mail.mil>                                                                         AM
To: Phillip Molnar <pmolnar@montereyherald.com>

 Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
 Caveats: NONE

 Phillip, I have the answer to you on your question. Yes, the Army is
 filtering some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA
 leaks. When I checked yesterday I was able to access the guardiannews.com
 web address, and on my commercial connection I was able to connect to the
 .co.uk address as well. However, it is being filtered on my military
 computer connection.

 The Department of Defense routinely takes preventative "network hygiene"
 measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information onto
 DoD unclassified networks.

 We make every effort to balance the need to preserve information access with
 operational security, however there are strict policies and directives in
 place regarding protecting and handling classified information. Until
 declassified by appropriate officials, classified information - including
 material released through an unauthorized disclosure - must be treated
 accordingly by DoD personnel.

 The department does not determine what sites its personnel can choose to
 visit while on a DoD system, but instead relies on automated filters that
 restrict access based on content concerns or malware threats. The DoD is
 also not going to block websites from the American public in general, and to
 do so would violate our highest-held principle of upholding and defending
 the Constitution and respecting civil liberties and privacy.

 Please give me a call or email if you have any other questions about this.

 Thank you,
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