From Anatoly Kucherena, Edwin Snowden’s lawyer:
Edward never uses an iPhone, he’s got a simple phone. The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him, that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.
For anybody who has been paying attention, the relationships between Big Government, Big Intelligence, Big Military, and Big Tech are not news. Apple recently introduced an encryption feature on its latest iPhone that the government can supposedly not break, but according to Mr. Snowden, and there is little reason to doubt his expertise, iPhones still allow the government to track you. When the US finally descends into a totalitarian police state, there will be a special spot in hell for the tech company executives who enabled the government to play electronic Big Brother.