Re: One thing that apparently happened after this story was posted
"If Apple were issued a National Security Letter, under US Federal Law it would be a criminal act for them to admit it or to admit anything the lettered covered. So Apple claiming they aren't under any national security gag orders is meaningless. Such a denial is issued for the benefit of the dim witted."
But you cannot be ordered to lie, Apple would be well within their rights to either say that they are unable to comment or simply not put out a statement at all.