Authorities immediately considered the December 2019 mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola an act of terrorism.
Royal Saudi Air Force Lieutenant Mohammed Alshamrani’s cowardly ambush claimed the lives of three service members and wounded eight others.
Investigators have finally unlocked one of the deceased gunman’s cryptographically protected phones, showing he had communicated with Al Qaeda.
Fox News reports:
The FBI, following the Dec. 6 shooting, had asked Apple for help in accessing data from a pair of iPhones owned by the gunman, as investigators had been unsuccessful in unlocking the devices.
“We call on Apple and other technology companies to help us find a solution so that we can better protect the lives of American people and prevent future attacks,” Barr had said in January.
It is not immediately clear if Apple gave in, or if the FBI was able to find another way to search the phone’s contents.
Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray have scheduled a press conference for 11:00 am (ET) today. Watch it live on the video player below:
Barr in January also called the attack an “act of terrorism,” noting that Alshamrani — a second lieutenant with the Royal Saudi Air Force — was “motivated by jihadist ideology.”