(The Hosting News) – Despite no official announcement, the NSA’s Utah data center may already be up and running.
According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday, the secretive government agency declined to provide confirmation. However, they did provide some insight into how the process works.
“We turn each machine on as it is installed, and the facility is ready for that installation to begin,” commented agency representative Vanee Vines via the report.
The $1.5 billion dollar data center located in Bluffdale itself is expected to house massive amounts of data for the U.S. intelligence community. Making the facility operational was officially expected to happen sometime this fall.
The NSA, otherwise known as the National Security Agency, has been the face of controversy in recent months after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the agency was without warrants storing intelligence on U.S. citizens.
However, the U.S. government sees things differently. The Obama administration has emphasized the NSA’s programs are maintained to protect against terrorism.
The data center was previously the site of a July 4th protest attended by demonstrators numbering around 150.