Edward Snowden says the FBI’s claims that only Apple can hack its own device is “bullsh*t.”
Showden, the whistleblower who exposed thousands of NSA secrets surrounding mass surveillance, was speaking via real-time video link at the Common Cause Blueprint for a Great Democracy conference.
In no uncertain terms Snowden said, “The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’ to unlock the phone. Respectfully, that’s bulls–t.”
Following his remarks Snowden then went on to tweet his support for an American Civil Liberties Union report saying that the FBI’s claims in the case are fraudulent.
Wozniak added: “Verizon turned over all the phone records and SMS messages. So they want to take this other phone that the two didn’t destroy, which was a work phone. It’s so lame and worthless to expect there’s something on it and to get Apple to expose it.”
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and various other silicon valley executives have shared similar sentiments.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates supported the FBI for a short period of time before backtracking and suggesting during a Reddit AmA:
“I think there needs to be a discussion about when the government should be able to gather information. What if we had never had wiretapping? Also the government needs to talk openly about safeguards.”