President Obama has recently commented on the recent North Korea attack on Sony, claiming that Sony shouldn’t have pulled The Interview. Obama says that the U.S. will retaliate.
North Korea’s hack on Sony has sparked a lot of commotion in politics and business. According to report from the Inquisitr, there has been much debate on whether the U.S. should go to war with North Korea over the Sony hack.
“Sony’s a corporation. It suffered significant damage, there were threats against its employees,” Obama said at his annual year-end news conference from the White House. “I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.”
Obama added that he wished “they’d spoken to me first,” so he could tell them not to set a precedent by agreeing with hackers’ threats. He explained that this could eventually lead to self-censorship if the media did not want to offend “somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended.”
For its part, Sony denied that it had caved to North Korea’s demands, with CEO Michael Lynton telling CNN that “the President, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. I don’t know exactly whether [Obama] understands the sequence of events that led up to the movie not being shown in the movie theaters,” Lynton told CNN after explaining that theaters had first declined to show the film. “Therefore I would disagree with the notion that it was a mistake.”
Obama has emphasized that the U.S. will not sit idle as North Korea may be planning for another attack. “They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond. We will respond proportionately, and we will respond at a place and time and manner that we choose,” he said. Obama has declined to comment on whether military force will be used against North Korea. Still, Obama said that it “says something interesting about North Korea” that the country launched an assault because of “a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco [Franco].”
Obama is also still concerned about North Korea’s government. Obama shares “the concerns of dissidents there and human rights activists that this is still a regime that represses its people.” He will most likely retaliate with some form of attack against North Korea for their hack on Sony.
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