President Obama Says Sony Hacking NOT “Act Of War” As North Korea Threatens Attack — WATCH VIDEO HERE
President Obama says the Sony hacking was NOT an “act of war,” even as North Korea threatens to attack “citadels” in the United States. Check out the video below.
Speaking on CNN in an interview broadcast Sunday morning, the President calls the crippling hacking of Sony’s entertainment company “cybervandalism.” As Gossip Cop reported, the cyberattack led to the leaking of hundreds of emails, pirated movies, and personal employee information. On Friday, the FBI officially linked the hacking to North Korea, a few days after Sony pulled The Interview from theaters after cinemas refused to show the movie following threats of violence from the “Guardians of Peace.”
Obama had said it was a “mistake” to cancel the screenings, a characterization Sony rejected, but he sticks by those remarks in his new interview. “I was pretty sympathetic to the fact that they have business considerations that they got to make. Had they talked to me directly about this decision, I might have called the movie theater chains and distributors and asked them what the story was,” he says.
The Commander-in-Chief expresses concern that Sony’s decision will have rippling effects throughout many industries. “If we set a precedent in which a dictator in another country can disrupt through cyber, a company’s distribution chain or its products, and as a consequence we start censoring ourselves, that’s a problem,” he says.
North Korea has denied responsibility for the hacking, while the “Guardians of Peace” commended Sony’s decision to pull the movie. But the North Korean government is now angered by the United States’ accusation of involvement, and is hitting back in a blistering statement that alleges the U.S. government was behind The Interview, claiming to have “clear evidence that the U.S. administration was deeply involved in the making of such dishonest reactionary movie.” And now they want revenge.
North Korea “has already launched the toughest counteraction. Nothing is more serious miscalculation than guessing that just a single movie production company is the target of this counteraction. Our target is all the citadels of the U.S. imperialists who earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans,” reads a statement shared by state-run media.
The statement continues, “Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism.” The message further warns that “fighters for justice,” including the “Guardians of Peace,” “are sharpening bayonets not only in the U.S. mainland but in all other parts of the world.” See video of President Obama’s comments below, and tell us what you think.