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

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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