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Massive NSA Data Center Crippled By Consecutive Electrical Surges

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Electrical surges described as "a flash of lightning inside a 2-foot box" have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of machinery and delayed the opening of the one million square-foot facility, WSJ reported. The cause of the repeated failures is under investigation.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines acknowledged problems to the WSJ, but called the failures "mitigated."

"A project of this magnitude requires stringent management, oversight, and testing before the government accepts any building," Vines told WSJ.