(Bloomberg) -- FBI Director James Comey said the government isn’t looking to send a message with a court order to compel Apple Inc. to unlock a terror suspect’s iPhone but acknowledged that the case may set a precedent.

Federal prosecutors simply want any potential evidence that may be on a phone used by one of the attackers in the December mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Comey said. Even so, the director agreed with Apple’s claim that the outcome may have broader consequences.

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