Senior administration officials, Sony Pictures, who would not speak on the record about the intelligence findings, said the White House was debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of what amounts to a cyberterrorism attack.
Officials said it was not clear how the White House would respond. Some within the Barack Obama administration argue that the government of Kim Jong-un must be confronted directly.
But that raises questions of what actions the administration could credibly threaten, or how much evidence to make public without revealing details of how it determined North Korea’s culpability, including the possible penetration of the North’s computer networks.
With the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures took the unprecedented step of cancelling the December 25, 2104 release of the Seth Rogen comedy The Interview.
The cancellation, announced Wednesday (December 17, 2014), was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians Of Peace.
Sony Pictures capitulated after the hackers threatened additional attacks, perhaps on theaters themselves, if the movie, The Interview, was released.
Sony Pictures did not say what it’s plans for The Interview are now, or whether the film’s release could potentially happen at a later date.
With a modest budget of about $40 million, The Interview was predicted to earn around $30 million in it’s opening weekend before Tuesday’s threats and the cancellation of its release. Should the film not be released theatrically, Sony Pictures would also lose tens of millions in marketing costs already incurred.
The Interview, is a comedy about a television host (James Franco) and a producer (Seth Rogen) tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jung-un (played by Randall Park).
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