The Department of Justice on Thursday sent a strongly worded message to Apple over the iPhone encryption battle with the FBI. The DOJ said the burden to unlock the iPhone 5c is not unreasonable, and is a “direct result of Apple’s deliberate marketing decision to engineer its products so that the government cannot search them, even with a warrant.“
Furthermore, the DOJ accused Apple of playing a diversion game in the media to make the fight sound as if it will concern all iPhones, not just the one involved in the San Bernardino shooting and that it “deliberately raised technological barriers that now stand between a lawful warrant and an iPhone containing evidence related to the terrorist mass murder of 14 Americans.”
After the DOJ’s brief had become public, Apple held a conference call with the media, explaining that the DOJ’s tone has changed significantly. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell said the prosecution fired a “cheap shot” brief, that’s meant to “vilify Apple.”
“Everyone should beware, because it seems like disagreeing with the Department of Justice means you must be evil and anti-American. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.