Sony Hack: WikiLeaks Releases New Batch of 270,000 Documents

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Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has released a new batch of Sony Corp. documents, disclosing 276,394 private files, emails and financial data onto its servers.

Sony declined to comment about the new document cache, first revealed via Twitter on Thursday.

The new documents include travel calendars, contact lists, and event planning and expense reports. WikiLeaks made no public statement, but later asserted on Twitter that the docs contain information about an alleged bribery investigation.

In April, WikiLeaks disclosed 30,287 documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment as well as 173,132 emails, with messages sent between more than 2,200 SPE email addresses.

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said in an April 16 statement that if information was newsworthy, “It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”

The hack was reportedly initiated by North Korea in response to the studio’s decision to release the comedy “The Interview,” centering on an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. As a result, embarrassing correspondence between top executives and producers became public, leading to the ousting of studio chief Amy Pascal. She was later replaced by TriStar chief Tom Rothman.

Sony Pictures strongly opposed the release of the material in an April 16 statement.

“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 statement read.

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  1. Jade helm government documents is here.. They are wild, not like wikileaks standard small leaks.. wow, 8gb of usa top secret dockuments.

  2. Mary says:

    This is just wrong. Those e-mails were stolen.

  3. Leon Davis says:

    Okay. I don’t get it.
    obama said that north Korea did the Sony hack but Wikileaks winds up with the emails?
    How was that handoff made?
    From the Respected Marshal Kim Jong Un to Julian Assange? Is that what we’re supposed to believe?
    From the hermetically-sealed DPR Korea to the “put it all out there” Assange?
    Ideological extremes from the far ends of the political spectrum…
    This makes zero sense to me.

  4. Scott Vickers says:

    “Newsworthy”, eh? Sounds to me more like “receiving stolen property”.

  5. Dennis says:

    Wiki’s press release states Wiki is justified to release Sony dox because Sony ‘has ties to the White House and the Military Industrial complex’.
    Wait . . .what?
    Lame lame justification.
    I guess Wiki’s logic is: We can steal whatever we want, because we can.

  6. pegster says:

    Too BAD they didn’t hack Hillary self-determined so-called “personal” emails, the THOUSANDS she deleted , then hired a tech professional to TOTALLY scrub it! WHAT is she trying SO hard to hide??? ;-)

  7. fountain williams says:

    Nice issues

  8. Jimmy Green says:

    If wikileaks wants to help the world, why not obtain the vegas casino’s slot % paybacks with the machine numbers? Are you telling me the casinos actually have better security than
    our govt?

  9. Tobey says:

    — WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said in an April 16 statement that if information was newsworthy, “It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.” — problem is, the people who think this stuff is newsworthy are the same people who think Kim Kardasian is newsworthy! Really…who cares?

  10. Raphael says:

    3 days before the 98th ordinary general meeting of Sony shareholders in Tokyo.

  11. Adele says:

    If the release of confidential emails means that Hollywood will start making decent movies, I’m all for it. But since it won’t, who cares?

  12. Truth Teller says:

    Thank God for WikiLeaks!

  13. Mark Grossan says:

    This is not whistleblowing. This does nothing to help anyone. Theft of business records from an entertainment company? Seems pointless and criminal. Wikileaks seems to have lost it’s way into mean-spirited bitterness.

    • tubal22 says:

      The flaw in your logic is thinking Wikileaks ever had found it’s way. It’s just a dumping ground for people to upload stuff they know they shouldn’t. If you thought Wikileaks had any kind of ethics or morals, you thought wrong.

      Julian Assange has used the publicity to turn himself into some type of martyr or white night. He’s just a guy who started a website that asked people to upload stuff they shouldn’t. That nut job Bradley/Chelsea used it to illegally upload hundreds of thousands of government secrets, and Assange used it the publicity to try to make a name for himself, while harming people in the process.

      These Sony (and any other corporate) leaks are only harming these companies and our economy. There is absolutely nothing good that has come out of them.

    • Lisa says:

      I agree. Wikileaks has better things to do. I would also question who is actually hacking these emails and uploading it to Wikileaks. I doubt the culprit is North Korea.

    • Jim says:

      I read one of the leaks that Sony Corp was selling Sony/ATV Music publishing. Of course it hasn’t go through.

      If the Dead Michael Jackson was alive, there’s nothing he can do about it.

  14. nerdrage says:

    How is this surprising?

    Oh look. People in Hollywood say mean things behind each others’ backs! Stop the presses.

  15. TONY says:

    So how is this legal?

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