Of course, Cook wasn’t talking about Apple itself, where secrecy and locked doors and black drapes are the norm. He was talking about government surveillance. Cook was complaining that Apple is not allowed to disclose when user data is requested or shared with the U.S. National Security Agency.
I find this sentiment rather strange coming from Liz Gannes seing as she used to write for All Things D at the Wall Street Journal until that team left to start a separate venture called Recode. I didn't see anyone at Recode write a piece filled with the reasons they left the WSJ. Probably because it isn't our business. Gannes annoyed stab at Apple is pretty strange in light of the transition from All Things D to Recode.