FORTUNE -- Tim Cook got serious at the 2:20 mark in the attached 4-minute YouTube video.
ABC News' David Muir had finally stopped peppering Apple's (AAPL) CEO with questions about the company's next big thing and brought the subject around to the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance program.
A top-secret powerpoint slide leaked last June suggested that an NSA program called PRISM gave the agency some kind of backdoor access to Apple's server farms. Cook did his best to deny it. Again.
"Much of what has been said isn't true," Cook told Muir in Friday's prime-time interview. "There is no back door. The government doesn't have access to our servers. They would have to cart us out in a box for that, and that will not happen."
So what information is Apple feeding to the government's spies? Cook says he can't tell us.
"We need to say, what data is being given, how many people it affects, how many accounts are affected. We need to be clear. And we have a gag order on us right now, so we can't say those things."
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Singapore makes the most device requests per capita, the U.S leads in account requests.
FORTUNE -- Google (GOOG) may be complaining the loudest (and in the foulest language) about the National Security Agency's domestic spying activities, but it's Apple (AAPL) that provided the most data -- in the form of two large and surprisingly revealing spreadsheets (see below).
One shows the number of device information requests made to Apple by police around MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 7, 2013 6:49 AM ET
Apple's CEO paid a visit to the White House Thursday. Stop the presses.
FORTUNE -- According to a report in Politico, Google (GOOG) vice president Vint Cerf, who co-designed the TCP/IP protocol that is the foundation of the Internet, attended a closed-door briefing with President Obama Thursday to talk about U.S. government surveillance.
So did Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T (T), as well as representatives of groups like Public Knowledge and the Center MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 9, 2013 6:59 AM ET
So do Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! and Facebook.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) was one of nine U.S. companies scrambling Friday to distance themselves from reports that they had handed the keys to their server farms to government spies.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the National Security Agency -- a U.S. intelligence agency so secretive that for many years even its name was a secret -- had been, according to slides promoting its MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 7, 2013 9:53 AM ET
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