Apple rejects claims it did not provide assistance in Pensacola shooting probe

Published: January 14, 2020
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The Apple Inc. logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, US, June 13, 2016.
PHOTO: REUTERS

The Apple Inc. logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, US, June 13, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Apple on Monday said it rejects “the characterisation that Apple has not provided substantive assistance” in the investigation into a shooting in Pensacola, Florida, last month.

Apple’s comments came after US Attorney General William Barr called the fatal shooting of three Americans by a Saudi Air Force officer at a Florida naval base “an act of terrorism” and called on the technology company to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock two iPhones involved in the case.

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In its statement, Apple said it responded to all queries from law enforcement officials and turned over all information that it had access to.

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The company said it received the first inquiry on Janurary 6 but was not notified of a second iPhone until January 8.

It also said its engineering teams “recently had a call to provide additional technical assistance” to the FBI.

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