6 November 2012
NArchives Fixes Search But Bans WikiLeaks Docs
@m_cetera sends link.
US National Archives
Looking for Wikileaks?
Can you search for Wikileaks on the National Archives web site?
Yes and no.
On Saturday morning, November 3, we learned via Twitter that a search for
Wikileaks on the National Archives web site archives.gov brought
up an error notice stating that the URL was banned. However, even at the
same time, a search for Wiki leaks in the same search box generated
five or six search results.
The banned URL message was an error. We alerted our IT team first thing Monday
morning, November 5, and the erroneous blocking rule that produced the error
was removed. A search for the term wikileaks now generates over
two dozen results.
However, while you can now search for both the terms Wikileaks
and Wiki leaks on archives.gov, you will not find the Wikileaks
documents. Wikileaks documents remain classified and are not in National
The National Archives holds only permanently archived records, entrusted
to us by Federal agencies. Records that are publicly available in the National
Archives research facilities nationwide and on archives.gov are no longer
classified (or classified parts have been redacted). Each record in our search
engines has been reviewed by our archivists before being digitized and posted
The National Archives promotes openness, transparency, participation, and
collaboration. We appreciate this error being brought to our attention. We
value public feedback and continue to explore additional ways of communicating
with the public both online and in person at National Archives facilities
nationwide and online. For a full list of National Archives social media
tools, see www.archives.gov/social-media/ [currently 404]. For a list of
National Archives locations see
Posted by Hilary on November 6, 2012, under Uncategorized.
Tags: banned, national archives, URL, web site, wikileaks