Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:51:02 +0000
Do you know where WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange store those thousands of confidential emails and documents that have shaken the world?
They are stored in the Pionen data centre — a former Cold War nuclear bunker 100ft below ground in Sweden. Michael Hanlon of the UK’s Daily Mail describes it as “like an 007 film set”:
The vast cave, drilled into granite under the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm, houses dozens of computer servers used as storage by many companies. Complete with a ‘floating’ conference room, suspended glass corridors, lunar landscape flooring, designer furniture, and even, intriguingly, German U-boat engines as back-up generators, all that is missing is the bleached-blond Assange himself, stroking a white cat.
The disused bunker was reopened in 2008 with its futuristic design the brainchild of Swedish architects Albert France-Lanord, who were inspired by Bond sets created by Sir Kenneth Adams. The brutalist design is softened by plants kept alive by brilliant solar lighting and artificial waterfalls.
While on the run from Swedish and American authorities, Assange has had to use this secure base for his files….
Wikileaks is funded by a mixture of public donations, help from Assange’s wealthy patrons and, so far as anyone can tell, a fair bit by Assange himself. But the cost of this storage will be very little, because although Assange’s team have released several million documents, in data terms this is not a large amount. Everything WikiLeaks has in its possession could probably be stored on a high-capacity memory stick.
Here are some pics of WikiLeaks’ JamesBondish headquarters:
So who/what pays for all this?
H/t beloved Fellowship co-founder Steve.