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The Nuclear Bunker Where Wikileaks Will Be Located 187

Posted by CmdrTaco
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An anonymous reader writes "Engadget has photos of 'Pionen White Mountains, the nuclear bunker in which Wikileaks will locate some of its servers. It was excavated 98 feet underground, in a rock hill in the center of Stockholm, Sweden, during the Cold War.' It looks like they hired the same interior designer who decorated Batman's lair."
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The Nuclear Bunker Where Wikileaks Will Be Located

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  • Looks familiar (Score:5, Informative)

    by Improv (2467) <pgunn@dachte.org> on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @12:19PM (#33426430) Homepage Journal

    I'm reasonably sure Slashdot did a story on this underground data center about a year ago, maybe a bit more. I know I've seen these photos before.

  • by snookerhog (1835110) on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @12:21PM (#33426474)
    there are some decommissioned missile sites out there for sale. here [missilebases.com] is one site with listings.

    anyone with enough tin foil and a couple million $ can have their very own underground fortress!

  • by Darkness404 (1287218) on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @12:28PM (#33426578)

    Engadget has photos of 'Pionen White Mountains, the nuclear bunker in which Wikileaks will locate some of its servers. It was excavated 98 feet underground, in a rock hill in the center of Stockholm, Sweden, during the Cold War.' It looks like they hired the same interior designer who decorated Batman's lair

    Even though the summary mentions Engadget as the source, the TFA links to Gizmodo and as far as I know Engadget has nothing about this on their homepage.

  • Re:Looks familiar (Score:5, Informative)

    by Lev_Arris (60782) on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @12:47PM (#33426810) Homepage
  • by nacturation (646836) * <nacturation&gmail,com> on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @01:23PM (#33427286) Journal

    Nah, 98 ft is just right for a GBU-28 [wikipedia.org]. No need for a nuke.

    "It proved capable of penetrating over 30 metres (100 ft) of earth or 6 metres (20 ft) of solid concrete."

    This is 30 meters of granite, not earth. Still, I wouldn't want to be underneath it.

  • Been there (Score:3, Informative)

    by BetterThanCaesar (625636) on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @01:23PM (#33427300)

    I've been down there on a tour once. It's quite a cool place as you can see from the pictures, with its humidifiers, plants, lighting and floating island landscape. Although as others have pointed out, none of this protects against any real threat.

  • Sweden (Score:3, Informative)

    by sconeu (64226) on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @01:34PM (#33427424) Homepage Journal

    Has shown that they are willing to do the xxAA's bidding. Ask DVD-Jon.

  • Re:Sweden (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @01:53PM (#33427660)

    Has shown that they are willing to do the xxAA's bidding. Ask DVD-Jon.

    Yes, they have shown that they are willing to do the xxAA's bidding. DVD-Jon is unrelated, he is from Norway and has as far as I know never had any kind of interaction with neither Swedish government nor Swedish press.

  • Re:Disappointed (Score:4, Informative)

    by dsavi (1540343) on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @02:35PM (#33428160) Homepage
    I would guess some sort of metamorphic rock, having been in Sweden a lot. There's a lot of metamorphic rock smoothed by glaciers there. When roads were built, they drilled into the rock and put in explosives to blast away the rock, which is how you get a rock face like the one in that picture of what looks to be the main entrance. Or at least that's what it looks like to me, that picture is small. Anyway, such rocks tend to be quite large and extend quite a ways under the earth. So it's definitely possible that it's solid rock all the way down to the level of the bunker.

    Unrelated to the rest of the post, this whole bunker business may be unnecessary, but you can't deny they've got style.
  • Re:Why? (Score:4, Informative)

    by GameboyRMH (1153867) <gameboyrmhNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @03:03PM (#33428540) Journal

    This "bunker" is actually just a regular ISP/hosting provider that happens to have their operation running out of a badass-looking bunker. Wikileaks probably wanted to move to these guys because they do have a good reputation as a hosting provider. The hosting provider likes this because they get another opportunity to do their supervillain act in front of the media, giving them more free advertising.

    Actually I wouldn't be surprised if the hosting co. called up Wikileaks and said "Hey, we'll host your site for free/at a discount if you give us permission to gloat about it publically." And Wikileaks cuts down on their bills. Everyone wins.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 31, 2010 @06:35PM (#33430824)

    The suspended glass bridge/room is not part of the original setup. It was probably added when the bunker was turned into a data center, so that visitors and potential customers can see the data center without actually being allowed access into it.

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