In our news wrap Thursday, al-Qaida militants in Yemen took over a major airport, seaport and oil terminal in the country’s south today. The militants clashed with military forces before seizing control. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin adamantly denied that Russian forces are in Ukraine during his annual television call-in show. Continue reading
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang’s anger was “quite understandable.” Washington failed to offer any proof to back … Continue reading
The Interview,” a controversial movie about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, will show in theaters afterall. Previously canceled by Sony Pictures after the studio was hacked and moviegoers threatened with terrorism, the film will begin showing at some independent theaters around the country on its original release date. Gwen Ifill examines the reversal. Continue reading
HONOLULU — President Barack Obama is applauding Sony Pictures Entertainment’s decision to screen its film “The Interview” in a limited number of theaters.
President Obama told the White House Press Corps that Sony was wrong to withdraw its film, “The Interview,” and that the U.S. would react “proportionally” to the damaging cyber-attack by North Korea. Judy Woodruff turns to Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike and Jack Pritchard, the former U.S. special envoy for negotiations with North Korea, about options for an American response. Continue reading
The decision to cancel the release of Sony’s controversial comedy, “The Interview,” due to threats of violence from an anonymous hacking group, has sparked angry reactions from celebrities and politicians alike. The White House said the hacking of Sony is being treated as “a serious national security matter.” Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
Sony’s self-censorship of “The Interview” — which imagines the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un — has launched debate on the collision of free speech and security. Hari Sreenivasan explores criticism and questions leveled at Sony Pictures with David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy and Sharon Waxman of The Wrap. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren’t paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials. Continue reading
Sony Pictures canceled the release of “The Interview,” a movie about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after the nation’s largest theater chains had said they wouldn’t play the movie. Sony has been the target of a large-scale hack of its computer data, with a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace claiming responsibility for near-daily leaks. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Sony Pictures cancelled their planned Dec. 25 release of the film “The Interview” Wednesday, after four major theaters — AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike — pulled screenings following threats of attacks on movie-goers and theaters that showed the film.