Crypto: Two Face Anti-Crypto FBI Dir Christopher Wray was ex WhatsApp Crypto Advocate Lawyer

grarpamp grarpamp at
Sat May 2 15:17:28 PDT 2020

Documents reveal FBI head defended encryption for WhatsApp before
becoming fierce critic
Christopher Wray defended encryption in 2015 as a lawyer,
contradicting his current opposition to the practice

The documents, which were released late on Wednesday night as part of
an unrelated matter, show Wray worked for WhatsApp in 2015 while he
was an attorney for the Washington law firm of King & Spalding. While
there are sparse details about the precise nature of the work, the
filings indicate that Wray strongly defended the need for end-to-end
encryption in his previous representation of WhatsApp, the popular
messaging application owned by Facebook. Wray's earlier work -- which
has not previously been public -- contradicts his current position on
encryption, which protects users' communications and other data from
being read by outsiders. The Trump administration and major technology
companies like Facebook have been at odds over the need to offer
customers encryption services, with the White House and law
enforcement officials arguing the technology represents a security
risk by protecting the communication of terrorists and criminals.

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