Tim Cook will sit down with ABC News to talk about Apple vs. FBI

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Apple vs. the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still taking the lion’s share of attention, and now Apple’s CEO will be sitting down with ABC News to talk about the situation.

ABC News has announced that it will be hosting an interview between Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, and ABC News’ David Muir to talk about the ongoing situation between the Cupertino-based company and the FBI. The conversation will cover different sections of the same topic: encryption, security, the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c, and the role Apple plays, or doesn’t play, in assisting the FBI in accessing that device.

ABC News has posted snippets of the interview, which you can watch below. For the most part, it sounds like Cook will simply be speaking about what he’s already covered the past, especially about precedent:

“This is not something that we would create. This would be bad for America. It would also set a precedent that I believe many people in America would be offended by.”

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The battle started with a judge ordering Apple to help the FBI in accessing the iPhone 5c in question, to which Cook responded with an open letter decrying the judge’s order, and the fact that the FBI expects Apple to help accessing the device at all. Cook has support from a variety of different company executives, including from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s CEO, and others.

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In one interesting part, Cook actually says the company was blindsided by the court order, and said that he doesn’t think this important of a situation should be handled in that way at all:

“This filing, we found out about the filing from the press, and I don’t think that’s the way the railroad should be run. And I don’t think something so important to this country should be handled in this way.”

It’s a debate that deserves open discussion, and seeing Apple take this step, to put its stance on security in front of ABC News’ viewers, is one way to do that. The interview will air during World News Tonight on ABC News at 6:30 PM ET, tonight, February 24.

[via @ABC]