In an editorial Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal described the
government’s clash with Apple as “reckless,” as the Justice
Department “rushed to legal war with dubious theories,” and
“fibbed” by stating that the San Bernardino case is all about one
phone, even as law enforcement officials clamor for special access
to encrypted devices in numerous cases across the country.
In a letter to the Journal, FBI Director James Comey said, “You
are simply wrong to assert that the FBI and the Justice Department
lied about our ability to access the San Bernardino killer’s
phone.” Comey’s remarks echo those of DOJ officials from earlier
this week, who stated that the worldwide publicity of the San
Bernardino case prompted interested parties to contact the FBI and
share methods to gain access to the iPhone. But all previous
attempts have fallen short, until now. “Lots of folks came to us
with ideas,” Comey said.
When the FBI lies it’s a “fib”. When you lie to the FBI it’s a “felony”. Good to see the Journal calling them out on it, though.