Did you think Russia was the only country paranoid enough to revert to using typewriters to get the NSA off their backs?
Think again, because the Germans are also mulling a switch back to the primitive machines. The news came during a TV interview, when German pol Patrick Sensburg said higher-ups had considered typewriters — “and not the electronic models, either,” the Guardian quotes him as saying.
The suspicions come from speculation that the CIA might have spied — sorry, “collected data,” as Veep‘s Selina Meyer would say — on German intelligence agency Bundestag, the Guardian reports.
Typewriters aren’t NSA-proof either, though. They can be hacked in a sense, the Telegraph reports, but that would mean X-raying the physical machines, which requires a lot more stealth than hacking into someone’s phone from an air-conditioned office in Arizona.
The switch would certainly make Germany’s intelligence offices a lot quirkier. Mr. Sensburg, have you considered ordering the machinery from Etsy? They’ve got great vintage pieces.