Evan Goldberg, co-director of the controversial film “The Interview”, recently said that the Sony hack which caused the film’s cancellation may have actually been an inside job. In a recent discussion with “Straight” magazine, Goldberg revealed that many knowledgeable tech experts at Sony actually believe that the job could only have been pulled off by someone on the inside.
“My gut instinct was, ‘Oh no, is it the North Koreans?…For two seconds it was the North Koreans, and then the younger guys in our office who know way more about computers were, like, ‘No way. You’d have to know Sony’s network, it has to be somebody on the inside,” Goldberg said.
Computer security expert Vinny Troia told Fox News “America’s Newsroom” that there was much more evidence for an inside job than there was for a cyber attack from North Korea.“I think that in the event that this turns out to be either a disgruntled employee or an inside job, there is so much attention around this right now, they need to point the finger at somebody else,” Troia said Friday, adding that it was “almost impossible for this to occur completely from the outside.”
US government is still insisting that North Korea is responsible for the cyber attack, and that a future retaliation is being planned. While government officials are talking about how to respond to this alleged transgression from North Korea, the FBI is actually thoroughly investigating Sony’s IT department for suspects in the case.
Emails Reveal US State Department Influenced Sony’s “The Interview” so as to Encourage Assassination and Regime Change in North Korea.
Decidedly less-covered, and almost completely obscured by the cancellation, is another revelation made yesterday about the movie that is actually far more important.
The Daily Beast reported on leaked emails from the Sony hack which show that the United States government was involved at high levels with the content development of The Interview, especially its controversial ending depicting the assassination of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un. As the report’s headline states, “Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview.’” The emails also reveal that a RAND corporation (famous for the "Pentagon Papers" leak) senior defense analyst who consulted on the film went beyond “blessing” and outright influenced the end of the film, encouraging the CEO of Sony Entertainment to leave the assassination scene as it was (in spite of misgivings at Sony) for the sake of encouraging North Koreans to actually assassinate Kim Jong-Un and depose his regime when the movie eventually leaks into that country. According to the Sony CEO, a senior US State Department official emphatically and personally seconded that advice and reasoning in a separate correspondence. The emails also reveal that the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human-rights issues also consulted with Sony on the film.
Following former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never let a serious crisis go to waste,” the Obama administration and lawmakers like McCain and Graham are now breathlessly exploiting the Sony hack to reanimate legislation that bears significant resemblance to the widely loathed CISPA bill that failed to pass the Senate in 2012.
According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, “Allows companies to monitor private communications on their networks and to disclose user activity to the government. The bill would also exempt companies from liability for monitoring communications or disclosing user information.”
The ACLU’s Sandra Fulton also warns that the bill “Gives the government extraordinary powers to silence potential whistleblowers, and exempts these dangerous new powers from transparency laws.” The legislation would allow the government to approach companies directly for user information without the need to obtain a warrant.
The White House has blamed North Korea for the Sony hack attack although, as Wired notes, the evidence for this assertion is flimsy at best.
SONY a strong supporter of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
was hacked by Anonymous for supporting SOPA in 2011. Sony the creators of the propaganda film, Zero Dark Thirty 2012 and most recently The interview.
- Jules Suo