Bush Site Blocks Some Foreign Access
U.K.-based Netcraft reports that the Bush re-election site is showing an error message to some overseas users, who could include military service members or citizens who are abroad. Campaign staffers blame a technical problem but won't provide specifics.A British Internet services site has charged that the Bush re-election campaign has begun blocking access to the site by users outside the United States. Netcraft Ltd. based in Bath, England, on Wednesday reported that efforts to reach www.georgewbush.com resulted in an error indicating that their access was denied. The company also reported that attempts to access the Web site from within the United States were degraded. Graphs distributed by the company show spikes in response time that would indicate delays in responding due to traffic or reasons related to attacks on the site. Following the Netcraft announcement, a number of sources have speculated that this was an attempt by the Bush campaign to exclude people from outside the United States, including citizens traveling or living abroad, or military service members stationed abroad. The company also reported that other non-U.S. offices (including those in Canada) were able to gain access to the site.
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