Sony: We Strongly Condemn WikiLeaks for Publishing Leaked Emails

Sony: We Strongly Condemn WikiLeaks Publishing

A spokesperson for Sony Pictures condemned WikiLeaks’ decision to publish thousands of leaked emails and documents stemming from a 2014 hack attack on the studio, accusing the website of “assisting” the cybercriminals by disseminating the materials.

“The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly condemn the indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information on WikiLeaks,” a Sony spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “The attackers used the dissemination of stolen information to try to harm SPE and its employees, and now WikiLeaks regrettably is assisting them in that effort. “

On Thursday, WikiLeaks said it had published 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails stemming from last winter’s cyber-attack on Sony that was initiated by North Korea in response for its decision to produce “The Interview,” a comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

In a release announcing that WikiLeaks had created a searchable archive of the documents, the site’s founder, Julian Assange, said the materials “belong in the public domain,” citing Sony’s status as a multinational company with links to various government organizations. That argument fell flat with Sony’s public relations team.

“We vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks’ assertion that this material belongs in the public domain and will continue to fight for the safety, security and privacy of our company and its more than 6,000 employees,” the Sony statement says.

Update: MPAA chairman Chris Dodd also released a statement.

“This information was stolen from Sony Pictures as part of an illegal and unprecedented cyberattack,” he said.  “Wikileaks is not performing a public service by making this information easily searchable.  Instead, with this despicable act, Wikileaks is further violating the privacy of every person involved.”

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  1. anne says:

    Why haven’t these people been found and prosecuted?

  2. Nick Turner says:

    From here on…all your photos and videos, everything you type, write, say or do…from pillow talk to Superbowl performances – may go viral on the Internet. Some believe in a Last Judgement -where everyone who ever lived will have their secret sins revealed to everyone else. For post-21st century man, it may all be reruns. The only things you have left which you can be sure will remain truly private (for now at least) are your unspoken thoughts. Behave accordingly.

  3. TeriLee Huff says:

    Sony’s employees have a right to privacy, just as any citizen should have of America and this violates it in so many ways. Sony being public is one thing, their employees are not public property.

    • dean says:

      Any jack ass with the inclination can post where you live, how much you paid for your house, and where your children live.
      No doubt, Sony execs all have privileged status to prevent the dangerous imposition that the rest of us have to endure.
      It’s hard for me to weep for people who make 25 times my salary, and plenty of privileges.

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