Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein, who famously mishandled an AK-47 while giving a speech about gun control, has landed in hot water after giving away an embarrassing classified secret during a Congressional hearing.
Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate committee overseeing the FBI, said that the government paid $900,000 to break into the locked iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino shootings.
The FBI considers the transaction to be classified information.
“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,” Feinstein said during questioning.
“And as I subsequently learned of some of the reason for it, there were good reasons to get into that device.”
The senator also hinted at the dollar amount late last year, and ignored warnings from security officials about giving away classified details about the FBI’s investigations.