WikiLeaks Off Limits in Antarctica
Research bases ordered not to access leaked cables
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2010 3:41 AM CST
News of the leaked cables may never reach these penguins.   (?elisfanclub)

(Newser) – The US government may have found somewhere where it can effectively ban WikiLeaks. The 1,500 Americans currently in Antarctica with the US Antarctic Program have been warned that the diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks are classified information and the transmission, processing or use of the information on USAP systems is prohibited, Gawker reports.

USAP controls the communications networks for America's three Antarctic bases so the memo means that the WikiLeaks information is effectively off limits for all Americans on the continent, who are mostly scientists and support staff. This could be a problem for geologist John Goodge, who writes a blog from Antarctica for the New York Times, which has published many of the leaked cables.