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    Jul 17, 2014

    Germany fends off spies with typewriters


    TO AVOID electronic surveillance, German politicians are turning back to the good old typewriter, reports said yesterday.

    Patrick Sensburg, chairman of the German Parliament's National Security Agency investigative committee, said in an interview on the Morgenmagazin TV programme that they were using typewriters for sensitive documents and "not electronic models". He added that this was not a joke.

    His committee is investigating the extent of United States "data collection" within Germany.

    Last year, the Russian government reportedly took similar measures, after the extent of US electronic surveillance was revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Guardian said.

    Recent reports - that two German government employees were being investigated amid claims they were double agents for the CIA - rattled US-German relations, which had barely recovered from claims that the US National Security Agency had tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.