Russia’s Kremlin Security Agency Buys Typewriters In Response To NSA News

typewritersTime for a return to analog? Via the BBC:

Russia’s agency responsible for the Kremlin security is buying typewriters – a move reportedly prompted by recent leaks by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden. A 486,540-rouble order for electric typewriters has been placed by the FSO agency on the state procurement website.

The FSO has not commented on why it needs the old-fashioned devices. But an agency source told Russia’s Izvestiya newspaper the aim was to prevent leaks from computer hardware.

“After scandals with the distribution of secret documents by WikiLeaks, the exposes by Edward Snowden, reports about Dmitry Medvedev being bugged during his visit to the G20 London summit (in 2009), it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents,” the source said.

The source added that typewriters were already being used at Russia’s defence and emergencies ministries for drafts and secret notes, and some reports had been prepared for President Vladimir Putin by typewriter.

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  • RayJ

    Somebody has been watching Battlestar Galactica….

  • AManCalledDa-da

    Um, old school Russians use Underwoods. More authoritarian.

  • rhetorics_killer

    Technical improvement paradox; the same way the techno music saved vinyl technology, with the habit of mixing records, the NSA/FBI saved old school mechanical typewriters with their habit of wiretapping computers. A revival of carrier pigeons and smoke signs is expected to happen soon. Then the horse-tracted fiacre should also recover success. Everybody envision the future as ‘dark ages’ following a ‘fall’, where it will only take time for generations to come up and realize everything was much better the good old ways. By thinking so they will naturally give up techno-crap and reorganize themselves in small cell units. (Oh no, I have become idealistic!.. cut it out!)

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