Breaking his silence over the recent incidents of hacking at Sony Pictures Entertainment, in which role of North Korea is suspected, US President Barack Obama on Friday said that the tech company has “committed a mistake” in shelving a satirical movie about a plot to assassinate a North Korean leader.
While addressing a year-end news conference, Obama said, “I wish they (Sony Entertainment Network) had spoken to me first. … We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship.”
The American president also pledged that the country would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the cyber attack on Sony that resulted in the withdrawal.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has held the communist government for the hacking incident.
Meanwhile, Sony said that it was left with no choice but to call off the movie’s distribution as the theaters were refusing to show it.
On the other hand, North Korea has denied any involvement in that it had hacked the studio.
“There is not any connection. The film defamed the image of our country. It made a mockery of our sovereignty. We reject it. But there is no relation to the hacking,” UN diplomat Kim Song said.
Expressing concern over the cyber attack, Obama said, “Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.”
The decision of the United States to publicly hold North Korea responsible for the cyber crime has escalated a game of brinkmanship globally.