Tuesday, July 16th 2013 - 23:10 UTC

Following the Snowden incident, Russia’s secret service orders typewriters

The Kremlin's security agency is buying up typewriters to avoid damaging leaks in a move said to be motivated by the recent US surveillance scandals. Russia's Federal Protective Service, the KGB's successor in charge of protecting President Vladimir Putin and his officials, placed an order for 20 typewriters, according to the state procurement website.

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The agency, known by its Russian acronym FSO, is ready to pay £500 each for them, Kremlin-connected newspaper Izvestia reported.

It said the FSO believed it was necessary to expand the use of typewriters after American Edward Snowden reportedly used a simple flash drive to reveal the extent of the US government's phone and internet surveillance programmes.

“After the scandal with the spread of classified documents, WikiLeaks, revelations of Edward Snowden, reports of tapping Dmitry Medvedev during his visit to the G20 summit in London, it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents,” a FSO source told Izvestia.

Typewriters have already been used for printing drafts of some official documents and reports presented to Mr Putin, according to the report.

The Russian newspaper also said the FSO has been ordering print cartridge ribbons for the Triumph Adler Twain 180. This model “allows you to create fairly complex documents for use in their professional organisations”, it said.

The FSO has not commented on why it needs the devices.

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1 Baxter (#) Jul 17th, 2013 - 12:34 am Report abuse
MI 6 never stopped using them !
2 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 17th, 2013 - 12:36 am Report abuse
Hehehehe......didn't know they even made typewriters anymore. Where did he find them at a yardsale or antique dealer?


60 U$ and they are electric.....lol
3 Baxter (#) Jul 17th, 2013 - 01:20 am Report abuse
2.Knowing budget restraints I have an idea that they never threw them away !
4 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 17th, 2013 - 01:30 am Report abuse
I think it's funny, they are now paranoid of the five eyes......lol. I wonder what role they played in the interdiction of that North Korean vessel by Panama. Panama say they where notified of the vessel but did not say by whom.
5 Baxter (#) Jul 17th, 2013 - 01:36 am Report abuse
4 Yes , that vessel is a big worry . Missiles from Cuba to North Korea ? From what I read they thought the vessel was carrying drugs not weapons . A coup for DEA
and not CIA . Which worries me . I know that the frustrated preacher , Obama , is pulling out of the nasty world but how far will the pull out go ? UK ,do not reduce your nuclear arsenal , increase it !
6 DennisA (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 10:29 am Report abuse
Back to the Future?

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