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Apple's Help to China Cited by U.S. in Locked IPhone Case

  • U.S. defense in case over gunman's iPhone elicits harsh rebuke
  • Apple using `alarm' tactics to win over court, prosecutors say
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U.S. Says Court Has Power to Order Apple to Unlock iPhone

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The Justice Department and Apple Inc. ratcheted up their battle over access to a terrorist’s iPhone, with prosecutors saying the company’s argument against helping the U.S. is undercut by its own assistance to China and the Silicon Valley giant calling the government so “desperate” it’s resorting to conspiracy theories. 

The government, seeking to defend a court order for Apple to help the FBI unlock a phone used by one of two attackers who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, told a federal judge Thursday the company is standing in the way of evidence that may further its investigation. Cooperating would come at little cost to Apple, the world’s most valuable company, the government said.