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WikiLeaks moves into James Bond-inspired cave bunker
After getting booted from Amazon's servers, controversial website finds a new home in a Swedish Cold War bunker.
Thu, Dec 02, 2010 at 01:09 PM
WikiLeaks, the website known for disseminating state secrets, has found a new home in an underground Swedish bunker inspired by science-fiction movies.
The Associated Press, CNN and Forbes are reporting that a company called Bahnhof is hosting the site inside White Mountain, near Stockholm. The Internet company transformed the former Cold War, nuke-proof bunker into a a facility fit for a villain. In fact, according to CEO Jon Karlung, that's exactly the type of look they were going for.
“I’m personally a big fan of old science-fiction movies. Especially ones from the '70s like 'Logan’s Run,' 'Silent Running,' 'Star Wars' (especially 'The Empire Strikes Back') so these were an influence,“ Karlung told the site Pingdom. “James Bond movies have also had an impact on the design. I was actually looking for the same outfit as the villain Blofeld in Bond and even considered getting a white cat, but that might have been going a bit far!”
But the site is not all cold steel, rock and glass. In an effort to make sure employees don't turn into mole people, Bahnhof installed waterfalls, vertical gardens, greenhouses, a nearly 700-gallon fish tank and simulated daylight.
It gets better: In the event that the facility loses power, there are two engines pulled from German submarines to keep the show running. Just for fun, the company also installed a warning system using the sound-horns from the original German subs.
Have a look at this video below for more. If WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was looking for the perfect hideout, he's certainly found it.
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