Russia's Federal Guard Service, or FSO, which is charged with protecting the country's highest government officials, including President Vladimir Putin, plans to buy electric typewriters to avoid leaks from computers.
Russian media, including the pro-government daily newspaper Izvestia, report that the plan to purchase typewriters was prompted by the publication of secret documents by the WikiLeaks website and the activities of former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked secret documents detailing surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency.
Another reason cited is the NSA's alleged snooping on Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in 2009, while he was in London for a G20 summit.
According to the reports, the FSO plans to spend about $15,000 to buy the electric typewriters, which are widely considered obsolete. Full story...