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June 2nd, 2009
05:03 PM ET

Construction crew severs secret ‘Black Line’

Amy Gardner
Washington Post Staff Writer

This part happens all the time: A construction crew putting up an office building in the heart of Tysons Corner a few years ago hit a fiber optic cable no one knew was there.

This part doesn't: Within moments, three black sport-utility vehicles drove up, a half-dozen men in suits jumped out and one said, "You just hit our line."

Whose line, you may ask? The guys in suits didn't say, recalled Aaron Georgelas, whose company, the Georgelas Group, was developing the Greensboro Corporate Center on Spring Hill Road. But Georgelas assumed that he was dealing with the federal government and that the cable in question was "black" wire - a secure communications line used for some of the nation's most secretive intelligence-gathering operations.

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  1. GH

    Might've been cute if Will Smith's music started playing and the men in black launched into a dance routine ...

    June 2, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    The mysterious black lines – not on maps, but the owner shows up faster than anyone would ever expect and the line gets repaired quickly too and at an enormous sum of money – 300K – wow! Seems like whoever owns these lines would be taking steps to ensure the lines don't get cut instead of just reacting when they do. Wonder what else is underground in that area?

    June 2, 2009 at 7:49 pm |