Mitchell: No Further Update From Us On Nsa Spy Row Claim


Tribune Staff Reporter


FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell told The Tribune yesterday that he has still not received an update from the United States over reports that the National Security Agency has been recording every cell phone conversation in the Bahamas.

However, he said he plans to have lunch with the US Chargé d’affaires John Dinkleman today and suggested that the matter may be discussed at that time.

The spy claims emerged in May in an article posted on Firstlook.org.

In that article, the authors claimed that the NSA is “secretly intercepting, recording and archiving” the audio of every cell phone conversation in the Bahamas, with the ability to store them for up to 30 days.

The information is reportedly contained in one of many documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

On June 11, Mr Mitchell told the House of Assembly that John Kerry, the US secretary of state, had stepped in to oversee the investigation of spying reports.

At the time, Mr Mitchell told parliamentarians that the US had promised to have a report handed over the next week. However, the report has not yet been presented.

The lack of a response to the spy claims by the US prompted FNM Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Hubert Chipman to criticise Mr Mitchell’s handling of the issue, suggesting that the minister hasn’t been aggressive enough in pursuing answers.

Last week, Mr Mitchell told The Tribune he is not concerned about the lack of response from the US because the Bahamas government is doing its own research into the matter.

“The Bahamas government is doing its own work,” he said last week.

“Regardless of what’s the issue we are going to address it.”


Purcell 5 years, 10 months ago

Of course they won't answer. There is nothing to answer to. It is their job to spy on everyone and it is the job of the government of the Bahamas to prevent them from doing not to give them the key to the fort as they did. Of course the PLP and FNM will deflect the attention from themselves and try to put the blame on the NSA.


ThisIsOurs 5 years, 10 months ago

Hmmmm...I thought the US responded loud and clear last week..l


Well_mudda_take_sic 5 years, 10 months ago

Freddy Boy has been told by Uncle Sam in no uncertain terms that he should keep his embarrassingly little tail where it belongs - between his legs!


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