Guess Who Is Backing the FBI Against Apple? Bill Gates.

Who else would you expect?

Last week, we saw a pattern in the stars, an alignment of the planets, and a blood moon of seismic proportions.

Apple and Google held hands and agreed on something.

It just so happened both CEOs — Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai, respectively — concurred that the FBI was completely wrong in asking for the hacked iPhone information of the San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. 

And just when you thought the FBI had no friends in high places, here comes Bill Gates to the rescue because why not?

Thanks to Re/Code who climbed the Financial Times paywall, we find that Gates argues that the FBI is “not asking for some general thing, [it is] asking for a particular case.”

“It is no different than [the question of] should anybody ever have been able to tell the phone company to get information, should anybody be able to get at bank records. Let’s say the bank had tied a ribbon round the disk drive and said ‘don’t make me cut this ribbon, because you’ll make me cut it many times.’”

pew researchThe FBI found some anonymous friends out there, thanks to the Pew Research Center:

The Pew Research Center survey found 51 percent of respondents supported the effort to require Apple to help unlock the iPhone, while 38 percent said Apple should not unlock the phone to ensure the security of other users’ communications.

No word from Gates’ cronies at Microsoft, including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who has refused to weigh in on the debate.

If you want the rest from the gift horse’s mouth, here’s the video: