TECH
12/07/2013 05:37 BST | Updated 10/09/2013 06:12 BST

Russian Security Agency Orders Electric Typewriters 'To Prevent Leaks'

The Kremlin's security agency has reportedly purchased £10,000 worth of electric typewriters in an effort to prevent security leaks.

The Russian FSO has placed the 486,540-rouble order on the state procurement website - apparently in response to the recent leaks in the US by WikiLeaks and former-NSA official Edward Snowden.

It's unclear which model of typewriter the Russians are after - but what is clear is they won't have a 'download' button.

The FSO has also not commented on why they have been bought - but a source from the agency has reportedly told Russia's Izvestiya newspaper that it was to curb the chance of leaks.

The BBC quoted the official as saying:

"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."

Apparently the machines are already being used by other Russian agencies, including those involving defence and emergencies, while the official added that many reports prepared for President Putin are also written on the clackety machines.

Each of the typewriters has their own pattern, meaning they can be linked to individuals who wrote them.