Edward Snowden spoke at Common Cause’s Blueprint for Democracy conference yesterday, where he threw cold water on the FBI’s claim to require Apple’s help to unlock the phone owned by the San Bernardino gunman.
The FBI is demanding before court and Congress that Apple provide a backdoor key for bypassing the encryption locking Syed Farook‘s phone.
While CEO Tim Cook states that his company has no sympathy for terrorists, he has resisted court orders and argued that this government conscription would set a “dangerous precedent” that compromises all their customers.
Snowden took Apple’s side already, and at the conference, he spoke about how encryption provides people with additional safeguards for their rights to free speech and privacy.
He also touched on methods the FBI could use on their own to extract the password from the phone’s chip:
“The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’ of getting into this phone,” Snowden said. “Respectfully, that’s bullsh*t.”
When the conference ended, Snowden tweeted out an ACLU blog that supported his argument and accused the FBI of trying to mislead the public to achieve a “power grab.”
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 8, 2016
You can watch the conference in the video above, via Common Cause. The conversation comes to Apple at around 30:00.