The revelatory admission came at a cybersecurity conference hosted at Boston College on Wednesday. Before Comey delivered his address, many believed he may broach on the Hillary Clinton private e-mail server scandal, the Trump administration Russian dossier scandal, and the new wiretapping accusations from U.S. President Donald Trump. Comey did not speak on any of these topics. Instead, the Director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations spoke about encryption, which has also been a hot button issue in the U.S.
"There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America," said Comey. "That's the bargain. And we made that bargain over two centuries ago to achieve two goals. To achieve the very, very important goal of privacy and to achieve the important goal of security. Widespread default encryption changes that bargain. In my view it shatters the bargain."
Comey gave the speech only one day after the publishing of over nine thousand documents from Wikileaks. According to Wikileaks, the documents came from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Center for Cyber Intelligence. They are supposed to detail the work done by the CIA in the way of hacking televisions, laptops, cell phones and other smart devices.
"The advent of default ubiquitous strong encryption is making more and more of the room in which the FBI investigates dark," said Comey.
According to Comey, the FBI should have more reach into the private lives of American citizens.