Easily solved: a true barrier slices the wires!
If wires pass through, then it's not a barrier. (An energy-blocking barrier would be perfectly conductive. If wires touch it, a short circuit is created, and the E x B energy is reflected back to the battery.)
However, if the wires pass without contact through holes in the barrier, then the usual e-field and b-field are compressed into the small gap outside the wires (and the Poynting flux flows through the holes in the barriers.)
This is noted in JD Kraus Electromagnetics, where his barrier is a perfectly conducting sheet (which shorts out e-fields and reflects b-fields even down at zero frequency.) The E x B around the wire is "compressed" into the annular slot outside the wire yet inside the barrier-holes. The Poynting vector-field squeezes down small and dives into those annular slots, as in fig. b below.
This effect is found throughout E&M, where all circuits are waveguides, yet they can 'guide' waves with wavelength vastly larger than circuit dimensions. (100KM waves can fit inside 5mm coaxial cable! Amazing!)
Here's an odd concept which rubs our noses in the effect: an infinitesimal resonator, placed in a tiny pore in a perfect barrier, allows enormously wide EM waves to pass through, as if the tiny pore grows to ~lambda diameter. If placing resonators into tiny holes in a conductive plate is the high-frequency instance, then sending long columns of electrons through those holes is the DC case.