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Is this a Disturbing Floor Plan of Germany’s Secret Service HQ?

Is this a Disturbing Floor Plan of Germany’s Secret Service HQ?

A photo circulating online allegedly shows the “disturbing” floor plan of Germany’s new secret service headquarters which resembles a swastika when viewed from above. Is this real or fake?

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The photo is altered.

Let’s first take a look at what is being claimed. The tweet below, for example, reads, “What was the architect thinking? Disturbing floor plan of Germany’s new secret service HQs.” A link to a NY Times article is included, although that link does not work.

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The photo above shows what appear to be swastikas on the sides of the building when viewed from above. This image, however, has been altered from the original, as seen below.

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In the original photo, the “swastikas” in the fake photo above are gone. The building shown is the new Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service, or BND) headquarters in Chausseestrasse in Berlin. You can see it for yourself on Google maps, as seen below, or view the building’s website here.

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Bottom Line

The new German intelligence building does not resemble a swastika when viewed from above. A photo being circulated which shows this is fake, and the New York times did not publish an article making this claim.

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