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Attorney General William Barr told reporters on Monday at a press conference at the Department of Justice’s headquarters in Washington, DC, that Apple needs to help investigators gain access to the phones used by a Saudi soldier who killed three Americans at a Florida Naval base in December.
“This was an act of terrorism,” Barr said. “The evidence shows that the shooter was motivated by Jihadist ideology.”
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At this stage of the investigation, Barr said, digital evidence is vital. He said:
It is very important to know with whom and about what the shooter was communicating before he died. We call on Apple and other technology companies to help us find a solution so that we can better protect the lives of Americans and prevent future attacks.
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The FBI asked Apple to help gain access to the terrorist’s two phones after its agents were unable to access them.
This is not the first time the federal government has sought help from Apple to access a terrorist’s phone. Following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, in 2015 that killed 14 Americans, the feds sued Apple to get access to the phones used in the attack.
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In the end, the government gained access to the phones without the help of Apple, Breitbart News reported.
Barr announced that 21 Saudis who also were enrolled in a U.S. military program with the terrorist, who was killed in the attack, were removed from the...
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