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Bahamas taps Hogan Lovells in NSA cell phone surveillance controversy

June 9, 2014

International law firm Hogan Lovells has been tapped to represent the government of the Bahamas after a May report by The Intercept, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, revealed that the NSA had been recording all cell phone conversations made into, out of, and within the island country.

A week after The Intercept report was published, the Bahamas brought on Hogan Lovells to advise it on several issues not just related to surveillance and privacy, according to a Wednesday report by The Hill, which cites a federal disclosure document.

The NSA surveillance was being carried out, unbeknownst to Bahamian officials, using an advanced system known as SOMALGET, which enables the NSA to record and replay all cell phone calls for about a month, according to The Intercept report.

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