Back to the future: Kremlin hopes to avoid leaks by using typewriters

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MOSCOW (AP) — Got an old typewriter? Call the Kremlin, they need some.

Russia’s Federal Protective Service, a KGB successor in charge of protecting President Vladimir Putin and his officials, has placed an order for 20 typewriters and is ready to pay $750 apiece, according to today’s report in Izvestia.

The Kremlin-connected daily said the agency, known by its Russian acronym FSO, believes it’s necessary to use typewriters after news of sweeping U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs by leaker Edward Snowden and earlier classified document publication by secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.

It said typewriters have been used for printing drafts of official documents and reports to Putin.

The FSO had no comment on the report.

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