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

Western newspapers say Russia will start using typewriters to stop computer leaks. Russian newspapers say this is not true. Western media says the Kremlin wants to keep its secrets by using the old-fashioned machines. 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 told Russia's press that these scandals, plus reports that Russia's Prime Minister was spied on at the G20 summit in London, means it has "decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents".


 
 

The Kremlin said it bought 20 typewriters for $14,800. The FSO stated that the purchase "has been planned for more than a year" and that it was not because of WikiLeaks or Mr Snowden. The FSO told Russia's RT news agency that it has always used typewriters. It added that it was simply time to buy new ones because the old equipment was out of date. An official said: "It's not something unusual.…The time came to change them. All the special services use them." A post on the RT website stated that" "A $5 padlock is often more effective 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.

start using typewriters to

a.

spied on

2.

the Kremlin wants to keep

b.

service

3.

Russia's intelligence

c.

documents

4.

former U.S.

d.

stop computer leaks

5.

Russia's Prime Minister was

e.

to expand

6.

at the G20 summit

f.

its secrets

7.

decided

g.

in London

8.

creating paper

h.

intelligence worker



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

it bought 20 typewriters

a.

the RT website

2.

planned for

b.

of WikiLeaks

3.

it was not because

c.

time to buy new ones

4.

it was simply

d.

more effective

5.

the old equipment

e.

for $14,800

6.

A post on

f.

system

7.

a $5 padlock is often

g.

was out of date

8.

a $24,000 surveillance

h.

more than a year

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Western newspapers say Russia (1) ___________________ typewriters to (2) ___________________. Russian newspapers say this is not true. Western media says the Kremlin wants to keep its (3) ___________________ old-fashioned machines. The BBC said Russia's intelligence service (FSO) bought the typewriters because of WikiLeaks (4) ___________________ U.S. intelligence worker Edward Snowden. The FSO told Russia's press that these scandals, (5) ___________________ Russia's Prime Minister was spied on at the G20 summit in London, means it has "decided to expand the practice of (6) _______________________".

The Kremlin (7) ___________________ typewriters for $14,800. The FSO stated that the purchase "has (8) ___________________ more than a year" (9) ___________________ because of WikiLeaks or Mr Snowden. The FSO told Russia's RT news agency that it has always used typewriters. It added (10) ___________________ time to buy new ones because the old equipment was out of date. An official said: "It's not something unusual.…The (11) ___________________ them. All the special services use them." A post on the RT website stated that" "A $5 padlock is (12) ___________________ than a $24,000 surveillance system".

PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

WesternnewspaperssayRussiawillstartusingtypewriterstostopcomp
uterleaks.Russiannewspaperssaythisisnottrue.Westernmediasayst
heKremlinwantstokeepitssecretsbyusingtheold-fashioned
machines.TheBBCsaidRussia'sintelligenceservice(FSO)boughtthety
pewritersbecauseofWikiLeaksandleaksbyformerU.S.intelligencewo
rkerEdwardSnowden.TheFSOtoldRussia'spressthatthesescandals,p
lusreportsthatRussia'sPrimeMinisterwasspiedonattheG20summitin
London,meansithas"decidedtoexpandthepracticeofcreatingpaperd
ocuments".TheKremlinsaiditbought20typewritersfor$14,800.TheF
SOstatedthatthepurchase"hasbeenplannedformorethanayear"andt
hatitwasnotbecauseofWikiLeaksorMrSnowden.TheFSOtoldRussia's
RTnewsagencythatithasalwaysusedtypewriters.Itaddedthatitwassi
mplytimetobuynewonesbecausetheoldequipmentwasoutofdate.An
officialsaid:"It'snotsomethingunusual.…Thetimecametochangethe
m.Allthespecialservicesusethem."ApostontheRTwebsitestatedthat"
"A$5padlockisoftenmoreeffectivethana$24,000surveillancesystem
".

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: 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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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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