US mum on whether it spied on Barbados cellphone calls

(Barbados Nation) The United States National Security Agency (NSA) has refused to confirm or deny if it has been eavesdropping on Barbadian cellphone calls.

Agency spokesperson Vanee Vines would say neither “yes” nor “no” to questions from the DAILY NATION on if it had been doing so.

“We don’t comment on specific, alleged foreign intelligence activities,” was her response.

Questions have been raised in the region on just how widespread the NSA’s activities were after it was revealed late last month that it was secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cellphone conversation in The Bahamas.

According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the surveillance is part of a top-secret system code-named SOMALGET – that was implemented without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government.

 

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Guyanese man loses Canadian residency after spending most of his time in Guyana

  2. Middle Road beautician pleads guilty to US cocaine charge

  3. Hopetown mother, baby die after Cotton Tree crash

  4. Education officials will not accept teachers’ schemes on laptops; demand handwritten notes

  5. ExxonMobil announces second oil strike on Stabroek Block

  6. Pardoned clerk charged again with stealing from court

  7. As army enforces policy against tattoos, would-be recruit’s hopes fade

  8. Bandit breaks into Corentyne houses, homeowner scares him off with gunshots


Recommended For You