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Thursday, 10 March 2016 07:41

FBI lies about needing Apple’s help to break into iPhone: Snowden

FBI lies about needing Apple’s help to break into iPhone: Snowden
US whistleblower Edward Snowden says the FBI’s claim to need Apple to break into a terrorist’s iPhone is a sham.

According to Press TV, the former contractor with the US National Security Agency was speaking from Moscow to a conference on the threat Big Data and mass surveillance poses to democracy.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation and American tech giant Apple have been engaged in a row over FBI’s claims that it cannot break into an iPhone 5c belonging to one of the terrorists in a deadly attack in San Bernardino, California last year.

“The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’ to unlock the phone. Respectfully, that’s horse sh*t,” Snowden said.

The tech giant has argued that the FBI’s demand to roll back data protections to iOS 7 in the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook would give authorities the chance to access other iPhones as well.

Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, raided a Department of Public Health training event and holiday party on December 2, 2015, killing 14 dead and injuring 22.

Snowden also tweeted a link to an article, titled “One of the FBI’s Major Claims in the iPhone Case Is Fraudulent,” later Wednesday, which he called an “example” proving the federal authorities’ allegations false.

ME

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