why Snowden always retires the battery of his cellphone if he doesn't want to be tracked

As we sit down, he removes the battery from his cell phone. I left my iPhone back at my hotel. Snowden’s handlers repeatedly warned me that, even switched off, a cell phone can easily be turned into an NSA microphone. Knowledge of the agency’s tricks is one of the ways that Snowden has managed to stay free

it is a rumour about which there are documents but within the intelligence and paranoid community it has become a common practice to put everything electronic or connected totally out of service before starting confidential conversations - in may organisations those places are held in secured environments and all electronic stuff has to be left outside

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