Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that
oversees the FBI, said publicly this week that the government paid
$900,000 to break into the locked iPhone of a gunman in the San
Bernardino, California, shootings, even though the FBI considers the
figure to be classified information.
The FBI also has protected the identity of the vendor it paid to do
the work. Both pieces of information are the subject of a federal
lawsuit by The Associated Press and other news organizations that have
sued to force the FBI to reveal them.
California’s Feinstein cited
the amount while questioning FBI Director James Comey at a Senate
Judiciary Committee oversight hearing Wednesday.
was so struck when San Bernardino happened and you made overtures to
allow that device to be opened, and then the FBI had to spend $900,000
to hack it open,” Feinstein said. “And as I subsequently learned of some
of the reason for it, there were good reasons to get into that device.”