Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

'Typewriters plan' amid spy claims

Russian officials are reportedly turning to typewriters in a bit to avoid cyber spying

Russia's Federal Protective Service is reportedly looking to use typewriters more following disclosures of sweeping US National Security Agency surveillance programs by leaker Edward Snowden.

The KGB successor agency in charge of protecting President Vladimir Putin and his officials has placed an order for 20 typewriters and is ready to pay almost £500 each for them, according to a report in Izvestia.

The Kremlin-connected daily newspaper said the agency, known by its Russian acronym FSO, believes it is necessary to expand the use of typewriters following Snowden's claims and the earlier publication of classified documents by secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.

It said that typewriters have been used in particular for printing drafts of some official documents and reports presented to Putin.

The FSO had no comment on the report.

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