LOS ANGELES ( — Apple will not comply with a federal judge’s orders to help the FBI hack into an iPhone belonging to one of the killers in the San Bernardino shooting massacre, CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday.

Around midnight, Cook released a written statement in response to U.S. Magistrate Sheri Pym’s request for Apple to provide software that would disable current security features that erase data from iPhones.

“We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country,” Cook wrote. “While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products.

“Ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”

On Tuesday, Pym ordered for Apple to assist with the case after federal investigators had too many unsuccessful attempts to unlock the iPhone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his 27-year-old wife, Tashfeen Malik.

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