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Library of Congress Blocks WikiLeaks Site Access

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By David Rapp Dec 8, 2010

The Library of Congress (LC) has been blocking access to the WikiLeaks website since December 3, on its wireless network available for visitors as well as on its own staff's computers, according to a report on the Talking Points Memo (TPM) Muckraker website. It's the first time that the LC has blocked WikiLeaks, and it comes on the heels of an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo advising federal agencies on policies regarding classified information.

OMB memo
On November 28, WikiLeaks began releasing the text of communications between the U.S. State Department and several of its diplomatic missions worldwide, many of which have been deemed classified. The leaked cables have since been made widely available online, and have received press coverage from major news sources, including the New York Times and the UK's Guardian.

On December 3, LC released the following statement, which it published on its blog:

"The Library decided to block …