Re: They dont want to use the MLAT.
Since Microsoft doesn't control the access to the data, they are unable to comply to demands to give the data to US LEOs.
Never ever thought I'd say this but.. Way to go Microsoft! Have one on me..
I have no problem with companies following the law, and if a properly issued warrant is given to them I expect them to follow the warrant to the law. Where the warrant is not properly issued (eg to broad) or there is doubt I expect them to seek legal advice and even a ruling by a judge. LEO spend to much time trying to get stuff not relevant to the case they're investigating (how many actual crimes could be solved if they'd only investigate those rather than going on fishing expeditions which may not turn anything up?)