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After last year's outrage, which forced out the prime minister and froze its intelligence gathering, the spy service went ahead with a $22 million program capable of snooping on thousands of Peruvians at a time.The purchase from Israeli-American company Verint Systems, chronicled in documents obtained by the Associated Press, offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look into how easy it is for a country to purchase and install off-the-shelf surveillance equipment. In 2007, Verint provided Mexico with a U.S.-funded, $3 million surveillance platform aimed at fighting drug cartels.The Verint equipment remains operative, though now a court order is needed to use it.Reached by phone, the Verint vice president declined to comment.
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