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Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent

Michael Thibault

>Really, it seems to me that the FBI is being extremely reasonable in their demands, compared to what they could have asked for.

Then why back up that request (you say "demand", which is curious, but...) with the full force of law, in the form of a court order, then further back up that with the DoJ directive, with all of this carried out on the public stage? Why? Perhaps because there isn't a means available to go about arranging the transfer that is 'off the books', because it's the law that matters. Which is where appearance and, particularly, precedent come into the picture. Precedent is an unavoidable consequence, and one of the long-view worries, I think, is the scope to which any such precedent will be applied/deemed applicable.

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