North Korea Denies Sony Hacking, Threatens United States
North Korea denied responsibility for the Sony hacking on Saturday, claiming the hackers who infiltrated the studio, leaked private email correspondence, and successfully demanded that Sony cancel the release of The Interview had nothing to do with the North Korean government.
North Korean officials proposed a joint investigation with U.S. agencies into the matter, an offer of cooperation that most experts believe North Korea made only because it knows the United States will never agree to such a bilateral probe.
“The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with” a spokesperson for North Korea said in a statement. “We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as the CIA does,” continued the official, alleging the U.S. does not have evidence tying the crime to the oppressive regime.
Of course, President Obama and the FBI have linked North Korea to the massive hacking. The group responsible for the cyberattack first demanded that Sony stop the theatrical release of The Interview, and then warned about repercussions should the company fail to stop any digital distribution of the film, which depicts an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.