During a recent talk on surveillance, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called the FBI's claimed inability to access the iPhone of one of the the San Bernardino shooters without Apple's help into question. According to The Intercept, Snowden rejected outright that the FBI did not posses the means to break into the shooter's phone.
"The FBI says Apple has the 'exclusive technical means'" to unlock the phone, Snowden said during a discussion at Common Cause's Blueprint for Democracy conference.
"Respectfully, that's bullsh*t," he said, over a video link from Moscow.
Snowden, unfortunately, wasn't able to elaborate on his response during the talk. However, he later took to Twitter with an explanation, linking to a posting from the ACLU, which details why the FBI's claim that it can't break into the iPhone is inaccurate.
This is not the first time that someone has questioned whether the FBI actually needs Apple's assistance unlocking the iPhone at the center of this case. Indeed, it seems increasingly likely that the FBI would use this case as a precedent when making similar requests of Apple down the line.
You can see the full talk with Snowden in the video below.
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