For MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Russian interference on Facebook, Twitter and Google leads straight to… Apple?
Remember all the fuss in February 2016 when former FBI director James Comey ordered Apple to unlock a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone and Apple refused?
Joe Scarborough hasn’t forgotten.
Scarborough doesn’t pretend to know anything about hackers and strong encryption, but that didn’t stop him from expressing—in a rant that went on at the time for nearly six minutes—his shock and outrage that Apple would dare defy Comey’s court order.
What Scarborough saw as Apple’s arrogance and highhandedness in the San Bernardino case has gnawed at him ever since. And Tuesday morning, when the Morning Joe team turned to the roles Facebook, Twitter and Google played in the 2016 Presidential election, Scarborough’s mind went straight to Apple.
Cue the same rant Scarborough delivered 20 months earlier, about how it was Apple’s responsibility to create a back door for the FBI, no matter how much danger that might pose for the rest of us. It didn’t make sense to me back then, and it makes even less sense today.
I didn’t take notes until he got to the end. “The government,” he concluded, forgetting his libertarian roots, “as dysfunctional as it is, they have to fix this.”
One of the ironies here is that when Comey’s agents finally got into the San Bernardino iPhone—thanks to some some well-paid freelance hackers—they found nothing useful. Kind of like the Clinton e-mails Comey’s agents discovered on Anthony Weiner’s computer two weeks before the 2016 Presidential election.
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