Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Just like out of a Bond : Inside the astonishing subterrann Wikis bunker

With his eccentric personal life and air of mystery, the flamboyant Wikis founder Julian Assange seems to be doing his best to impersonate a James Bond villain.How appropriate, then, that he has chosen what looks like an 007 set as the back-up store for the thousands of confidential emails and documents that have shaken the world.These pictures show the Pionen data centre, 100ft below ground in a former Cold War nuclr bunker, where all the Wikis files are being kept. Nerve centre: Super-servers which act for storage for many companies are also used by Wikis to store its information
U-boat back-up: Submarine engines are used as emercy s at the Bahnhof internet service provider, in Stockholm, Sweden
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 s, all that is missing is the blched-blond Assange himself, stroking a white .
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 crted 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.
Chilly reception: The bunker, drilled into granite under the Vita Berg Park, could withstand a nuclr attack
Plant life: The s fture lunar-landscape flooring, glass corridors and a 'floating' conference room

Wikis was hosted by internet retailer Amazon but it was kicked off its website following intense pressure from American politicians.Assange then used a French firm before being expelled from there as well.As a result, Wikis has set up numerous 'domain names' in dozens of countries, ch linked to one that keeps copies of the original files.Mysterious: Wikis founder Julian AssangeAssange has turned to Sweden because the country's laws are some of the best in the world for protecting the work of freedom of speech campaigners.
Under Swedish law, Wikis cannot be prosecuted and neither can the people who pass it information.Wikis is funded by a mixture of public donations, help from Assange's wlthy 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 tm have relsed several million documents, in data terms this is not a large amount.
Everything Wikis has in its possession could probably be stored on a high-capacity memory stick.
However, putting it into the trust of this set-up - which any self-respecting Bond villain would be proud of - must surely pander to Julian Assange's huge ego.Space age: Under Swedish law, Wikis founder Julian Assange cannot be prosecuted for publishing the sensitive information
Rock solid: The entrance to the Pionen high-security computer storage facility
Inspiration? Bond villain Hugo Drax, played by Michael Lonsdale, in the 1979 Moonraker

Source: Daily Mail

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