FBI lies about needing Apple’s help to break into iPhone: Snowden

US whistleblower Edward Snowden says the FBI’s claim to need Apple to break into a terrorist’s iPhone is a sham.

The former contractor with the US National Security Agency was speaking from Moscow to a conference on the threat Big Data and mass surveillance poses to democracy.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation and American tech giant Apple have been engaged in a row over FBI’s claims that it cannot break into an  iPhone 5c belonging to one of the terrorists in a deadly attack in San Bernardino, California last year.

“The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’ to unlock the phone. Respectfully, that’s horse sh*t,” Snowden said.

The tech giant has argued that the FBI’s demand to roll back data protections to iOS 7 in the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook would give authorities the chance to access other iPhones as well.

Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, raided a Department of Public Health training event and…

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