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Typewriters to stop Russian computer leaks (15th July, 2013)

Western newspapers say Russia will use typewriters to stop computer leaks. Russian newspapers disagree. The BBC said Russia's intelligence service (FSO) bought the typewriters because of WikiLeaks. Russia said it would use paper more to keep its secrets safe. Someone also spied on its prime minister in London.


 
 

The Kremlin said the typewriters cost $14,800. It bought them a year ago. The FSO said it always uses typewriters. It was time to change them because the old ones were out of date. It was not because of WikiLeaks. The FSO said this wasn't unusual. Someone joked that a padlock is better than an expensive security system.


 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Sources:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/11/kremlin-turns-back-to-typewriters-to-avoid-security-leaks/
http://rt.com/news/typewriters-russia-order-surveillance-975/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23282308

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MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

Western

a.

disagree

2.

use typewriters to

b.

safe

3.

Russian newspapers

c.

more

4.

Russia's intelligence

d.

newspapers

5.

it would use paper

e.

stop computer leaks

6.

keep its secrets

f.

minister

7.

Someone also

g.

service

8.

prime

h.

spied



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

the typewriters cost

a.

ones

2.

It was time to

b.

of WikiLeaks

3.

the old

c.

change them

4.

out of

d.

system

5.

It was not because

e.

unusual

6.

this wasn't

f.

is better

7.

Someone joked that a padlock

g.

$14,800

8.

an expensive security

h.

date

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Western (1) ___________________ Russia will use typewriters to stop computer leaks. Russian (2) ___________________. The BBC said Russia's (3) ___________________ (FSO) bought the typewriters (4) ___________________ WikiLeaks. Russia said it would (5) ___________________ to keep its secrets safe. Someone (6) ___________________ its prime minister in London.

The Kremlin said the (7) ___________________ $14,800. It bought (8) ___________________. The FSO said it always uses typewriters. It was (9) ___________________ them because the old ones (10) ___________________. It was not because of WikiLeaks. The FSO said (11) ___________________. Someone joked that a padlock (12) ___________________ expensive security system.

PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

WesternnewspaperssayRussiawillusetypewriterstostopcomputerle
aks.Russiannewspapersdisagree.TheBBCsaidRussia'sintelligencese
rvice(FSO)boughtthetypewritersbecauseofWikiLeaks.Russiasaiditw
ouldusepapermoretokeepitssecretssafe.Someonealsospiedonitspri
meministerinLondon.TheKremlinsaidthetypewriterscost$14,800.It
boughtthemayearago.TheFSOsaiditalwaysusestypewriters.Itwasti
metochangethembecausetheoldoneswereoutofdate.Itwasnotbecau
seofWikiLeaks.TheFSOsaidthiswasn'tunusual.Someonejokedthatap
adlockisbetterthananexpensivesecuritysystem.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

________________________________________________________

d)

________________________________________________________

e)

________________________________________________________

f)

________________________________________________________

WRITING

Write about typewriters for 10 minutes. Read and talk about your partner's paper.

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