Germans using typewriters to thwart American spies?

German typewriters

Alert that the United States’ hobbies include spying on it allies, German leaders apparently have a top-secret, high-tech, hush-hush gadget for thwarting those snoopy Americans.

It’s called the “manual typewriter.”

The device uses raised metal letters to impress a substance called “ink” onto a surface made from cellulose pulp called “paper.”

Messages created on the device can be passed from person to person without leaving a trace on the internet.

First sauerbraten and now this. Is there nothing at which the determined Germanic mind cannot excel?

The head of the Bundestag’s parliamentary inquiry into American spying tells the Guardian the German government is seriously thinking about deleting their email accounts all together.

“Yes, no joke,” Christian Democrat politican Patrick Sensburg tells the paper.

“Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation,” he adds. “Intelligence activities are still going on. They are happening.”

The GUardian reports German government officials recently asked the CIA’s station officer in Germany to leave the country after an employee of the German intelligence agency BND confessed to passing confidential documents to the US secret service.

The Russian government reportedly took similar steps last year after the extent of US electronic surveillance was revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Christian Flisek, the Social Democratic Party’s representative on the committee, tells the Guardian that using typewriters is stupid.

“This call for mechanical typewriters is making our work sound ridiculous,” he says. “We live in the 21st century, where many people communicate predominantly by digital means. Effective counter-espionage works digitally too. The idea that we can protect people from surveillance by dragging them back to the typewriter is absurd.”