Google Making Government Officials Hush-Hush About the Super Secret Barge

The Coast Guard can't say a word

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Even though Google hasn’t confirmed its connection with the four-story floating barge off the coast of San Francisco’s Treasure Island, it is making government officials sign non-disclosure agreements about the super-secret facility.

A Coast Guard spokesperson told Reuters that an employee had to sign the paperwork after visiting the facility Wednesday. Another California state inspector said that he had to sign an NDA and turn over his cell phone to enter the secret barge during its construction.

There has been speculation that the barge is a data center or retail hub specifically for Google Glass. But Bob Jessup, superintendent for a construction company that brought in 40 tight-lipped welders a day to work on the building last year, noted: “Who’s going to want to climb up in there? It’s really ugly.”