Department of Defence sources tell us the Crikey website has been blocked by system administers in Canberra. No explanation has been given to staff, but a “No access to this site unless for specific defence purposes” message appears when they try to call up the page.

CRIKEY: We contacted the Department of Defence for an explanation a bit after 11am this morning but they couldn’t respond in time for today’s edition. We’ll let you know what they say tomorrow.