WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Hacked Sony Documents

Julian Assange
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WikiLeaks  has published 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails stemming from last winter’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The hack was reportedly initiated by North Korea in response to the studio’s decision to release “The Interview,” a comedy that centered on an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. That resulted in a series of embarrassing revelations, exposing correspondence between top executives and producers that ultimately led to the ouster of studio chief Amy Pascal and her replacement by TriStar chief Tom Rothman.

WikiLeaks, which came to prominence releasing sensitive government documents, said that it was releasing the archive because reporters were only able to “scratch the surface” before the correspondence was taken down.

“This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation,” WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said in a statement. “It is newsworthy and at the center of a geopolitical conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”

The group said that the correspondence expose Sony’s political fundraising and its lobbying activities on behalf of anti-piracy. In particular, WikiLeaks cites emails detailing how members of the studio set up a “collective” in order to get around campaign donation limits and send money to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, because of his support for state film and television tax incentives and work cracking down on piracy.

The release announcing the document release specifically cites Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton’s involvement with military and intelligence think tank the Rand Corporation, and the company’s overtures to stars like George Clooney and Kevin Spacey in order to come to their events.

A spokesperson for Sony did not immediately have a comment.



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  1. Atomic Fury says:

    I’d gladly pay for his seating ticket so that scum like Assange and other useless individuals can board a plane destined to slam into the ground so far away that nobody will be able to find them. He deserves to be hung for publishing sensitive government documents.

    Their contents aren’t meant for public consumption and not every document has some sinister secret to hold the common man down. What people do in the service of any government isn’t difficult for any reasonably intelligent, world-wise individual to figure out.

    The anarchist’s who support Wikileaks and Assange are just hackers who love to stir up trouble because they have no purpose in life but to wreck the efforts of those who do have a purpose.

    • Mike says:

      I’m not a hacker. And I fully endorse the activities of WikiLeaks, Assange and people like them.

      Governments do a ton of shady suspect shit. It’s time that shit is aired publicly for all to see. Apparently it’s OK for the US to spy on it’s allies (wiretapping Chancellor Merkel’s phones for example), but not OK for a group like WikiLeaks to release documents surrounding such activities. Double standard much?

      People like YOU, Atomic Fury should be put on a “plane destined to slam into the ground”. Get your head out of the sand, and smell the bull that your government is spreading.

  2. Bravo WikiLeaks! The more we know about how corrupt politicians and giant transnational corporations are in bed together, the better. Knowledge is power.

  3. ArchieLeach says:

    So by this logic if my house gets blown up by terrorist for something I said then wikileaks believes the stuff in my house should be made public knowledge? Should wikileaks release the contents of Charlie Hebdo’s computer’s too because they were at the center of a “geopolitical conflict?”

  4. Marie says:

    Thanks, you smug SOB, for screwing past and former employees of Sony once again.

    I hope there is a special place reserved in HELL for scum like you, ASSange.

  5. Susan says:

    To Variety,

    Thanks for alerting everyone to the information dump. I had no idea Wikileaks still existed. Now I know and knowing is half the battle.

    Gee, I know.

  6. Susan says:

    Good for wikileaks. These are powerful and corrupt organizations that influence and are influenced by government. The truth of how they operate should be made public. These documents were already leaked, they are just gathering them together.

    These studios in conjunction with the MPAA are doing all they can to take away your freedom and prosecute you for viewing the things they leaked themselves. They want control over you while suing you for your money.

  7. H Howard says:

    This is incredible- it’s super searchable (“to” “from”) and their press release is really damning. What a corrupt organization

  8. Nick Turner says:

    Lesson to be learned. From here on…Everything you ever type, write, say or do…from pillow talk to Superbowl half-time performances – may wind up digitally recorded and made available in perpetuity along with your identity and personal data to everyone on the planet with an Internet connection. 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 will all be reruns. Only your thoughts are truly private (for now at least).Behave accordingly.

  9. Storm Over Asia says:

    Hate to burst your bubble, Wiki, but who the hell has the free time to go through 30,000 documents and 172,000 emails?

  10. Michael Anthony says:

    Sorry, Wikileaks, but any empathy or support I had for you, is gone. These belong in the Public Domain??? What a sorry excuse! These are from a company, not a government. It’s a pathetic attempt to try and remain relevant. And this from a group, lead by a man, who demands privacy. Pitiful.

    • Daniel says:

      So you don’t mind that emails from within the the government, which is responsible for military operations and securing borders and protecting the citizens, are made public, but if the CEO of Sony is trying to manipulate piracy-laws by illegally funneling money to politicians then we should just mind our own business because that’s worthy of privacy? Corporations direct the government, so I for one would prefer to know what they’re up to. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care if everything is made public or none of it is, since it doesn’t really change anything, but your logic here is a little strange.

      • Atomic Fury says:

        Uh, the government directs itself. The idiots we elect are controlled by corporations.

  11. 1American.thinker says:

    All the news unfit to print.

  12. Leonard Morpurgo says:

    The photograph of Julian Assange that accompanies this article is perfect. It shows him as the arrogant self-righteous person that he is.

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