Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein said that she didn’t know that she revealed classified information that the government paid $900,000 to a hacker to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Wednesday.
In December 2015, Farook and his wife opened fire on civilians in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people and wounding 22 more.
Feinstein, who is a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed the payment transaction while questioning then FBI Director James Comey.
Comey was fired by the White House Tuesday.
100% Fed Up reports:
Senator Diane Feinstein exposed classified information to the public during testimony. Is her inability to keep this classified information a secret a danger to the intel community?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the FBI, said publicly this week that the government paid $900,000 to break into the locked iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino, California, shootings, even though the FBI considers the figure to be classified information.
During the hearing, the California lawmaker said, “I was so struck when San Bernardino happened and you made overtures to allow that device to be opened, and then the FBI had to spend $900,000 to hack it open.”
The FBI has kept details related to the unlocking of the phone such as the amount paid to the hacker and the identity of the hacker classified.