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Kremlin recipe for avoiding leaks: use typewriters

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. A Kremlin press service official said, "During the meeting, it is planned to discuss matters concerning the development of Russia-IAEA interaction in the field of uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, as well as some aspects of international cooperation in the field of nuclead non-proliferation." (Associated Press file photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. A Kremlin press service official said, "During the meeting, it is planned to discuss matters concerning the development of Russia-IAEA interaction in the field of uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, as well as some aspects of international cooperation in the field of nuclead non-proliferation." (Associated Press file photo)
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Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:04 pm
MOSCOW — Got an old typewriter in your garage? Call the Kremlin, they need some.Russia's Federal Protective Service, a 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 $750 each for them, according to Thursday's report in Izvestia.

The Kremlin-connected daily said the agency, known by its Russian acronym FSO, believes it's necessary to expand the use of typewriters following disclosures of sweeping U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs by leaker Edward Snowden and 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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