Let us not whitewash events surrounding Sony’s now-canceled film The Interview: The North Korean government apparently perpetrated multiple acts of war against the United States, its people, and their liberties, waging cyber warfare against Sony (of which Sony Pictures is headquartered in California) and threatening to blow up American theaters full of people.
Not only did North Korean-tied hackers substantially destroy “Sony’s computer network,” Politico reports, they also threatened to commit mass murder of Americans. The hackers wrote:
We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001.
Although not all U.S. officials have publicly recognized that North Korea is responsible for the attacks and threats, the AP reports, available evidence strongly suggests it is. Reuters reports that North Korea may have had help from Iran.
In response to these threats, Sony pulled the film, which is about a (fictional) CIA plot to assassinate North Korea’s “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un, from theaters. . . .