In a viral Twitter thread, he showed how simple it is for an amateur on a laptop to have a nosy at the files.
Now, bearing in mind this is just what I can achieve as an amateur Adam with a laptop, it makes you wonder what other matters of state might have been shared over the years. Let's spin this round a bit and have a quick look at the top document. 2/6pic.twitter.com/GDAszPvOqK
We can probably lose the colour at this point as we're just looking at text. And given we've lost the bit under the red box in any case, I'm just going to concentrate on the words down the left hand side. Here. 4/6pic.twitter.com/zq6mcYmL5C
Kay acknowledged that although it wasn’t “looking great” there are apparently ways, such as optical character recognition, for your computer to decipher what it is the words say.
He wrote: “We're not in 24 where you can magically sharpen a CCTV image. BUT. When it's text you're looking at, computers do have a major card up their sleeves.
“Words are simply patterns of pixels, and having looked at multi-zillions of them, they're remarkably good at guessing what a word might be, even if the words are fuzzy round the edges.”
And then, the grand reveal…
...remarkably good at guessing what a word might be, even if the words are fuzzy round the edges. Optical character recognition, it's called. So - without further ado - I've overlaid the best guess (99.3% accuracy per character) for the document in question. 6/6pic.twitter.com/VBkVQDhpsZ