This Is the Nuclear Bunker Where Wikileaks Will Be Located

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This is 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.

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Originally, it was just a bomb shelter built in 1943. In the 70s, the Swedes turned the shelter into a full bunker, a civil defense center that was going to hold an emergency unit of the Swedish government in the case of a nuclear war.

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Illustration for article titled This Is the Nuclear Bunker Where Wikileaks Will Be Located

Now, protected under thirty meters of rock and 1.64-feet-thick solid steel doors, it is the colocation center of Bahnhof, a Swedish internet hosting company. Bahnhof expanded the facilities, blasting new space for gas oil power plants extracted from decommissioned German submarines. In the case of an external power outage, the generators would kick in, keeping the servers running non-stop.

Illustration for article titled This Is the Nuclear Bunker Where Wikileaks Will Be Located
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It also looks like they hired the same interior designer who decorated Batman's lair:

Apparently, the Bahnhof people are pretty happy to host Wikileaks in their ultra-secure bunker, safe from any political pressure and physical assaults. Wikileaks is under attack by the US government for the publications of many of its secrets. Most recently, Wikileaks released 100,000 internal military documents from the Afghanistan war.

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Good luck getting there, Pentagon goons. Unless you invade Sweden. Or hire Lisbeth Salander. [Bahnhof via El Mundo]

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Fuck WikiLeaks.

I'm usually all for community collaboration projects, but I just can't stand their high-horse attitude, and I do think what they are doing is dangerous.

If they restricted their content to non-governmental entities (i.e. corporations), I wouldn't have a problem with them, because even legitimate governments do a piss-poor job at regulating them. But releasing government information? That will do nothing to undermine the truly dangerous governments, but will do nothing but undermine legitimate governments. Openness and transparency are important for any democratic government, but so is focus.

And they might claim to be non-political, but who actually believes that? The only thing "collaborative" about WikiLeaks is the submission process. The vetting and publication processes are completely internal, unilateral, and, most ironically, secret, and if they ever decide to pursue a particular agenda (if they don't already), then they have all the resources they need to manipulate the situation.