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Tim Cook’s letter to Apple employees

In addition to the FAQ Apple posted on its website, Tim Cook sent a letter to Apple employees this morning about the company’s disagreement with the FBI.

This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government’s order we knew we had to speak out. At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties…

Apple is a uniquely American company. It does not feel right to be on the opposite side of the government in a case centering on the freedoms and liberties that government is meant to protect.

This is an impressive back and forth conversation, being done in public, between Apple and the U.S. government.