Government is blocking government websites from sharing content, citing security concerns
The government is blocking websites that it says contain sensitive information, including a document describing a possible Russian-backed military attack against the United States.
The Government Accountability Office, an independent watchdog, has called the decision “an unprecedented escalation of threats and intimidation against our nation’s critical infrastructure.”
The White House said in a statement that the decision to block access to the websites was “not in the best interest of the United Nations or our allies.”
The decision came as the Obama administration sought to show that it was not moving to curtail cooperation with Russia in its campaign against the West.
The State Department has said the sanctions are necessary to defend the United State from a possible attack by Russia.
The decision by the Trump administration to take down the State Department website came on the same day the U.S. and Russia reached a landmark accord in Geneva that will allow Russia to lift a crippling economic embargo on Ukraine.