Profit or patriotism? What's driving fight between US, Apple

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling in public broadsides, Apple Inc. and the U.S. government are making their cases before anyone steps into a courtroom over a judge's order forcing Apple to help the FBI hack into an iPhone in a sensational terrorism case. Listen closely, because the Obama administration...

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              FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an announcement of new products in Cupertino, Calif. Faced with a federal judge’s order to help investigators break into an iPhone allegedly used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters, Apple may well argue that the request would place an unreasonable burden on the company. In fact, doing what the government asks is not likely to be a tough technical feat for Apple. But doing so might have dramatic consequences on the data security of the millions of iPhone users around the world. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling in public broadsides, Apple Inc. and the U.S. government are making their cases before anyone steps into a courtroom over a judge's order forcing Apple to help the FBI hack into an iPhone in a sensational terrorism case.

Listen closely, because the Obama administration and Apple are framing their public statements in ways that foreshadow the high-profile legal arguments to come.

Apple has until Tuesday to file a protest to the decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in California.

The Justice Department fired its first salvos in court papers asking Pym to order Apple to create sophisticated software to let investigators break in to the phone.

The government says Apple could help easily. Apple chief executive Tim Cook contends the demand is dangerous and an overreach of government power.

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