The WSJ, reports an advanced copy of a speech to be made later today by Attorney General Loretta Lynch later today strongly indicates that, as could be expected, she’s on the FBI’s side in the iPhone dispute, but she stops short of actually directly saying so.
In her speech, Ms. Lynch won’t explicitly take on the encryption issue or Apple, but instead will promise continuing “frank dialogue and fruitful partnership” between the government and the industry on issues of cybersecurity.
Lynch’s speech is scheduled for a cybersecurity conference, a setting where a majority of the listening audience will likely be on Apple’s side in the matter, so Lynch could simply be playing to her audience. However, her remarks do make it clear she does back the FBI in the case:
The going-dark problem is a very real threat to law enforcement’s mission to protect public safety and ensure that criminals are caught and held accountable. We owe it to the victims and to the public, whose safety we must protect, to ensure we have done everything under the law to fully investigate terrorist attacks and criminal activity on American soil […]
As recent events have made clear, the stakes aren’t theoretical; they bear directly upon our public safety and our national security.