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Germany reverts to typewriters to slip U.S. spies

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Germany, looking to keep U.S. spies at bay, has gone with a decidedly retro method of communication: typewriters.

Patrick Sensburg, the nation's chief investigator on CIA and NSA surveillance matters, told a German news program that his committee is opting out of the electronic communications in favor of typewriters, Aol.com reported.

Additionally, Mr. Sensburg said his committee has all members drop their cellphones into a metal box before meetings, and loud classical music plays in the background in case the office is bugged.

The announcement comes on the heels of a massive double agent spy scandal that rocked the committee earlier this month, when a German official was arrested for feeding secret information to the CIA.

A few months ago, Russia's security outfit also ordered 20 mechanical typewriters after Edward Snowden revealed the depth of the United States' spy tactics.

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