Apple --- China --- FBI --- Bill Gates --- Microsoft
The FBI director, James Comey, has long been arguing for complete access to Apple and other companies (Microsoft long ago gave up complete access).
Apple purposely designed the encryption scheme on the iPhone to guard against government surveillance (encrypting data by default).
Comey is jumping on this as the test case and precedent and Comey, the ultimate shyster, is fully aware of what he is doing.
Now Bill Gates supports the FBI ploy and it was Bill Gates, back in 2003-2005, who handed over the Windows source code to China --- and many millions of compromised personnel records later --- we know the outcome of Gates' "brilliant" move!
Bill Gates, Mr. GMO and charter schools, is the last individual anyone should be paying attention to on this important subject!
If Apple accedes to the FBI ploy, then China also will be able to access everyone's iPhone.
We know that the FBI has been deeply penetrated by Chinese intelligence for 20 years or so (as vulgar as it sounds, FBI agents will give up everything for a little Chinese poon tang, that's simply reality), so we really don't know if it's Comey and the government talking, or really China's PLA?
This is some serious s**t going down --- people should be paying very close attention. (Plus, it would be great for Microsoft if the iPhone appears compromised by the government.)
It's important to keep in mind that while the CIA, NSA, DIA and FBI are forever spouting about their "performance" the only consistency is they have to show is their non-performance
and missing money!
Whether it is a CIA station in Afghanistan which was blown to smithereens a few years back (ignoring the most basic security protocols), or botched counter-intelligence operations by the FBI, or consistently dropping the ball on everything like the NSA, when one examines their actions in minute detail the only thought is that these are truly complete screw-ups who should never have been anywhere near an intelligence organization or police outfit!