Thursday, December 09, 2010

Location of WikiLeaks Files

Pionen High-Security Computer Storage Facility

(Stockholm, Sweden) In a former Cold War nuclear bunker 100 feet underneath Stockholm is the Pionen data center containing dozens of computer servers used for storage by many companies.

One of those companies is WikiLeaks.

Ironically, the place looks like something one would expect to see in a James Bond film. All it needs is a seated evil villain stroking a white cat.

[Add.] Meanwhile, the face of WikiLeaks, 39-year-old Julian Assange, considered it to be advantageous to use the Pionen facility to secure his files when being pursued by Swedish police.
WikiLeaks 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, WikiLeaks has set up numerous 'domain names' in dozens of countries, each linked to one that keeps copies of the original files.

Assange 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, WikiLeaks cannot be prosecuted and neither can the people who pass it information.
In other developments, Assange surrendered to British authorities and he is reportedly going to fight extradition to Sweden.

Also, supporters of Assange have launched a campaign of hacking into computer systems on the Internet, targeting government, business and some personal websites. Called "Operation Avenge Assange," the hacking effort is directed toward those who are suspected to be enemies of WikiLeaks.

Companion post at TJR.

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