Media press FBI for price it paid for tool to unlock iPhone

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Posted: Mar 27, 2017 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press and two other news organizations say FBI Director James Comey has made public enough details about the bureau buying a tool to unlock an iPhone for a terrorism investigation that the agency should also release how much it cost.

The media organizations said in court papers Monday that Comey has spoken "at length and in detail" about the FBI's purchase last year of a device that enabled it to access the work phone of one of the two shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino, California, mass shooting.

The AP, Vice Media LLC and Gannett, the parent company of USA Today, sued the FBI in September under the Freedom of Information Act. They sought information on how much the FBI paid and the identity of the vendor.