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FBI reportedly overestimated inaccessible encrypted phones by thousands
2018-05-23T00:51:19Z - Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch
The FBI seems to have been caught fibbing again on the topic of encrypted phones. FBI director Christopher Wray estimated in December that it had almost 7,800 phones from 2017 alone that investigators were unable to access. The real number is likely less than a quarter of that, The Washington Post reports. These aren’t court notes, memos or unimportant random pieces of evidence, they’re physical devices with serial numbers and names attached. But it seems equally unmistakable that the Bureau is happy to be sloppy, deceptive or both in its advancement of a tailored narrative.

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