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

Western newspapers say Russia will use typewriters to stop computer leaks and keep its secrets safe. Russian newspapers say this is untrue. The BBC said Russia's intelligence service (FSO) bought the typewriters because of WikiLeaks and leaks by former U.S. intelligence worker Edward Snowden. The FSO said these scandals, plus reports that people spied on Russia's Prime Minister in London, means it will use more "paper documents".


 
 

The Kremlin said the typewriters cost $14,800. It ordered them over a year ago. The FSO told RT News that it has always used typewriters and that it was time to change them because the old ones were out of date. It added it was not because of WikiLeaks or Mr Snowden. An official said: "It's not something unusual.…All the special services use them." A post on RT's website said: "A $5 padlock is often [better] than a $24,000 surveillance 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.

service

2.

use typewriters to

b.

Prime Minister

3.

keep its secrets

c.

intelligence worker

4.

Russia's intelligence

d.

newspapers

5.

former U.S.

e.

spied

6.

plus reports that people

f.

safe

7.

Russia's

g.

"paper documents"

8.

it will use more

h.

stop computer leaks



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

the typewriters

a.

unusual

2.

it was time

b.

use them

3.

the old ones were out

c.

cost $14,800

4.

It's not something

d.

system

5.

All the special services

e.

to change them

6.

a post on RT's

f.

better

7.

A $5 padlock is often

g.

of date

8.

a $24,000 surveillance

h.

website

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

(1) ___________________ say Russia will use typewriters to stop computer leaks and keep (2) ___________________. Russian newspapers say (3) ___________________. The BBC said Russia's intelligence service (FSO) bought the typewriters because of WikiLeaks (4) ___________________ U.S. intelligence worker Edward Snowden. The FSO (5) ___________________, plus reports that people spied on Russia's Prime Minister in London, means (6) ___________________ "paper documents".

The Kremlin said (7) ___________________ $14,800. It ordered them (8) ___________________. The FSO told RT News that it has always used typewriters and (9) ___________________ change them because the old ones (10) ___________________. It added it was not because of WikiLeaks or Mr Snowden. An official said: "It's not (11) ___________________.…All the special services use them." A post on RT's website said: "A $5 padlock is often [better] than a $24,000 (12) ___________________".

PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

WesternnewspaperssayRussiawillusetypewriterstostopcomputerle
aksandkeepitssecretssafe.Russiannewspaperssaythisisuntrue.The
BBCsaidRussia'sintelligenceservice(FSO)boughtthetypewritersbec
auseofWikiLeaksandleaksbyformerU.S.intelligenceworkerEdwardS
nowden.TheFSOsaidthesescandals,plusreportsthatpeoplespiedonR
ussia'sPrimeMinisterinLondon,meansitwillusemore"paperdocument
s".TheKremlinsaidthetypewriterscost$14,800.Itorderedthemovera
yearago.TheFSOtoldRTNewsthatithasalwaysusedtypewritersandth
atitwastimetochangethembecausetheoldoneswereoutofdate.Itadd
editwasnotbecauseofWikiLeaksorMrSnowden.Anofficialsaid:"It'sno
tsomethingunusual.…Allthespecialservicesusethem."ApostonRT'sw
ebsitesaid:"A$5padlockisoften[better]thana$24,000surveillancesy
stem".

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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

a)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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WRITING

Write about typewriters for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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