J. Scott Applewhite, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A senior executive at a technology company that makes monitoring software secretly installed on 141 million cell phones told The Associated Press on Thursday that the FBI approached his company about using its technology but was rebuffed, one day after FBI Director Robert Mueller assured Congress that agents “neither sought nor obtained any information” from the company. The disclosure will likely inflame suspicion about the monitoring tool and its usefulness to the U.S. government.

WASHINGTON — An executive at a California technology company that makes monitoring software secretly installed on 141 million cellphones says the FBI approached the company about using its technology but was rebuffed. The disclosure came one day after FBI Director Robert Mueller assured Congress that agents "neither sought nor obtained any information" from the company, Carrier IQ.

Andrew Coward, vice president of marketing for Carrier IQ, said Thursday that the company is not working with the FBI. But the acknowledgement will likely inflame suspicion about the monitoring tool and its usefulness to the U.S. government. Coward said there is no relationship between Carrier IQ and the FBI.

Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI neither sought nor obtained any information from Carrier IQ in any one of its investigations.