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Apple, the FBI, and Security

A solid (free) summary of the issue from Stratechery’s Ben Thompson.

There’s one more way to look at the question of security in the context of the United States broadly. Consider a sports analogy: in a game like basketball you need to play both defense and offense; the FBI, given their responsibilities, is primarily concerned with offense — uncovering secrets. However, the agency’s haste to score buckets has the effect of weakening the United States’ defense.

Very much worth reading.