AP, other me­dia sue FBI for de­tails on iPhone hack­ing tool

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

The As­so­ci­ated Press and two other news or­ga­ni­za­tions sued the FBI on Fri­day to learn who the gov­ern­ment paid and how much it spent to hack into an iPhone in its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., mas­sacre.

The law­suit seeks records about the FBI’s con­tract with an uniden­ti­fied ven­dor who pro­vided a tool to un­lock the phone used by Syed Rizwan Fa­rook, who with his wife killed 14 peo­ple in De­cem­ber 2015.

Gan­nett and Vice Me­dia LLC joined the com­plaint with the AP, seek­ing to learn more about the mys­te­ri­ous trans­ac­tion that cut short a le­gal dis­pute in which the gov­ern­ment sought to force Ap­ple Inc. to un­lock the phone. “Un­der­stand­ing the amount that the FBI deemed ap­pro­pri­ate to spend on the tool, as well as the iden­tity and rep­u­ta­tion of the ven­dor, is es­sen­tial for the pub­lic to pro­vide ef­fec­tive over­sight and help guard against po­ten­tial im­pro­pri­eties,” the suit stated.

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