Declaring a shooting last fall at a Pensacola naval base a terrorist act, Attorney General William Barr struck a familiar chord – pressing Apple for help unlocking iPhones associated with the investigation of the incident.

Barr assailed the phone maker for not having "given any substantive assistance" as authorities try to obtain data on two damaged phones – one of which appeared to have been deliberately shot - owned by a Saudi airman being trained at the Naval Air Station.

But Apple took issue with Barr’s rebuke, noting it had aided investigators.

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