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Tim Cook Goes on TV to Talk About Apple's Battle With FBI

Expect the Apple CEO to revisit themes of privacy and security on ABC's "World News Tonight."


Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook’s battle with the FBI will be televised.

Cook sat down with ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir to discuss Apple’s objections to unlocking the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

“Some things are hard, and some things are right, and some things are both — this is one of those things,” Cook said in the interview.

ABC isn’t saying anything more about the interview in advance of the 6:30 pm broadcast tonight (they’d prefer that you tune in to watch). But it’s likely that Cook will revisit themes of privacy and security that he has already laid out in online statements to consumers and to Apple’s own employees.

Expect Cook to argue that last week’s federal court order to help federal investigators break the password on a suspected terrorist’s iPhone sets a dangerous precedent for the company. Indeed, the Justice Department is pursuing another dozen requests to extract data from other iPhones.

Apple’s newest hired legal gun, former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, also has been making the rounds of network TV on Apple’s behalf, memorably dubbing the government’s case against Apple “totally bogus” and its request for help extracting data as potentially opening a “Pandora’s box” on privacy issues.

The interview will be available online at immediately following the east coast broadcast.

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