12/24 Unreeled: 'The Interview' PsyOp Saga

SELF-REVEALING US WAR GAME PLAN

"Remarks part of U.S. "hostile policy"
3/1/14 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-03/01/c_133152294.htm
PYONGYANG, (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday refuted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's recent remarks terming the country an "evil place," as "another vivid expression of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK. Foreign Ministry spokesman said Kerry should be aware "no pressure is workable on the DPRK. The US in disregard of international law, better ponder itself before blaming others, as it commits horrible genocide in various parts of the world under the signboard of 'liberty' and 'democracy'" ...

In case you missed this
China issues report on U.S. human rights
2/28/14 Xinhua http://www.xinhuanet.com/english2010/> <">http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2014-02/28/c_133150005.htm
Chinese Confucian idiom: "all will follow one who is personally upright, even though he does not give orders; but if he is not personally upright, they will not follow, even though he gives orders. China's report on US Human Rights was published Friday...one day after US State Department issued its 2013 country reports on human rights practices, including China, a longtime victim of groundless U.S. accusations....The Chinese report finds hypercritical Uncle Sam a poor performer...the human rights situation in the US is worsening...grave employment situation...rampant gun violence. With the [NSA] program code-named PRISM, the U.S. government infringed on the privacy rights of people both at home and abroad....
Acting as the world's judge of human rights, the U.S. made arbitrary attacks and irresponsible remarks on the human rights situation in almost 200 countries and regions... the U.S. report made accusations about China's political and judicial systems, ethnic, and other issues. China. Pursuing human rights is a process and no country can have a perfect record. China is on a path of rapid development, and... emphasizes the right to development more than developed countries. The U.S. report deliberately ignored the great progress China has made in human rights....The Chinese government's commitment to improving its human rights is based on its own will, rather than the push from other countries, especially countries such as the United States, which always criticizes others while their own records are poor... If US wants to be the self-claimed world human rights judge of the world, China and most countries do not agree. It needs to sweep its own doorsteps or its words will not be heard, let alone trusted, by other countries.

Sony Hackers Leak New Data as FBI Says No N. Korea Trace
12/10/14 http://rt.com/news/212855-sony-fbi-korea-hack/

silent about DPRK demand for joint investigation to prove its innocence, US calling it “absurd”
The attack on Sony began in late November, when Sony’s worldwide computer system's were shut down. A group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" took credit for the attack... North Korea has denied any involvement, and it's possible that the evidence ultimately won't be convincing enough to pin the hack on it....
12/16/http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/16/7402649/sony-hackers-threaten-terror-attacks-on-people-seeing-the-interview

No 'Interview' ... on any platform
12/17/http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/12/17/sony-hack-the-interview/20519545/
The decision comes after five major theater chains including AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment announced they would not screen the film... reacting to a message posted by hackers Tuesday threatening a "9/11"-style attack on theaters that screen the film about an assassination by journalists of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...The Interview was scheduled for wide release that would put it in between 2,000 to 4,000 theaters....Movie theater stocks rebounded shortly after the chains canceled the film. At issue "was more the fear of the fear," says Oliver Lyttelton, reporter for Indiewire's The overarching worry of theater owners, Lyttelton adds, wasn't "that people would stay away from The Interview, it was that they would stay away from The Hobbit and all the other movies opening on Christmas Day."

”Kim Jong Un is gruesomely killed in the film”
Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’
http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/12/19/obama-hammers-sony-for-pulling-the-i...
Obama spoke a few hours after the FBI made its first formal cyber attack accusation against North Korea, marking a new front in the global war for government, personal and business information. It also is one of the first public battles of what until now has largely been a global cyberwar fought in the shadows....
The North Korean attack is unique because the U.S. government is considering the attack on Sony — a private company with its own internal cyber security protections — an issue of national security. As the president indicated, nothing short of the freedom of speech in America is now at stake....
For weeks, there have been rumors Pyongyang was behind the late November attacks that...ultimately led the studio to cancel the release of The Interview, a $44 million comedy that shows a fictional depiction of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who — spoiler alert — is gruesomely killed in the film. A group called Guardians of Peace claimed responsibility for the attack and North Korea has steadfastly denied any role in it. However, numerous reports this week indicated Washington officials believe North Korea was involved...
Pyongyang wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling the movie an “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, and act of war."...for many, the North Korean link seems far-fetched. One reason: The list of DVD---quality versions of Sony films leaked include the Brad Pitt war flick “Fury,” the remake of “Annie,” the Oscar-bait Julianne Moore showcase “Still Alice,” and a British bio-drama, “Mr. Turner.” “The Interview” was not among them....Competing studios in Hollywood, who would seem likely to be particularly concerned about such a breach, also cast doubts about the North Korea angle...\

Ahead of today’s formal allegation, many in the tech community doubted North Korea, considered a second-tier cyberpower, was responsible. Some argued the hacker’s familiarity with Sony’s internal tech systems pointed to an inside job....Tommy Stiansen, Norse hacker-trackingchief technology officer, told Bloomberg he plans to approach the FBI and Mandiant...“The only reason people are talking about North Korea is that North Korea spoke out against Sony. But North Korea is better than that. They wouldn’t steal the other movies and not grab ‘The Interview.’ I am convinced this is an inside job. The group [claiming responsibility] , *Guardians of Peace, nobody has never heard of them. I cannot find a drop of information on them...(all emphases by the digest)

Sony hired the Mandiant cyber forensics firm that determined the Chinese government was behind a crippling 2013 NYT hack, to find the source of the breach. Nobody from Mandiant (a FireEye subsidiary) or Sony, was available for comment.... Former Obama administration cybersecurity czar Howard Schmidt... whose firm partner is former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge...noted the Sony attack was revealed within days of when the FBI was notified by the cybersecurity firm FireEye that hackers are targeting emails of corporate chief financial officers and others involved with mergers and acquisitions to gain market-moving intelligence...this week the FBI also warned of a malware attack on U.S. health care and energy infrastructure. “This is a perfect storm. All three of these things happening at the same time... that’s significant” Schmidt said....
*The attack on Sony began in late November, when Sony’s worldwide computer system's were shut down. A group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" took credit for the attack...North Korea has denied any involvement, and it's possible the evidence ultimately won't be convincing enough to pin the hack on it....
http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/16/7402649/sony-hackers-threaten-terror-...

North Korea: We Can Prove Hacking Wasn’t Us, wants joint probe with U.S.
http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/12/20/north-korea-says-did-not-hack-so...

U.S. calls N. Korea demand for joint investigation of Sony hack 'absurd’
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/22/us-sony-cybersecurity-northkor...

Dozens of US Theaters to Show 'The Interview'
12/23 /http://www.voanews.com/content/some-us-theaters-to-show-the-interview-despite-hacker-threats/2570963.html
U.S.-based Sony Pictures reversed its position on a controversial movie that inspired a cyberattack the United States said was carried out by North Korea. Sony said "The Interview," movie parody about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, would open in dozens of theaters December 25 in at least two dozen states
Sony had announced last week it would not show the movie in theaters after its computers were hacked by unknown attackers who threatened more damage to theaters if the film was released as scheduled...
Political scientist professor Stanley Rosen at the University of Southern California, who studies Asian cinema, saw "The Interview" at a Hollywood preview. “It’s funny at a certain level. At the same time, you can see why it would be so offensive to North Koreans — and not just North Koreans, but perhaps Asians in general.” ... a parody of a humorless government and insecure leader worried about regime change, and North Koreans "are convinced that’s the U.S. goal. This is why they want some treaty where the US acknowledge they accept the leadership in North Korea. So we know that much about North Korea, and this film is all about that."

Analysts: US in Uncharted Terrain Over Alleged N. Korea Sony Hack
By Carolyn Presutti 12/23/14 http://www.voanews.com/content/us-response-alleged-north-korea-sony-hack...
Carolyn Presutti, Emmy and Silver World Medal award winning television correspondent, works from VOA Washington headquarters... has also won numerous Associated Press awards and a Clarion for her coverage of The Syrian Medical Crisis, Haiti, The Boston Marathon Bombing, Presidential Politics and The 9/11 Bombing Anniversary...aired exclusive stories on the Asiana plane crash in 2013 and named VOA chief reporter with Google Glass.
"This is being treated as a serious national security matter," Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters. "There is evidence to indicate we have seen destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor...Sophisticated actors, when carry out actions like this, are oftentimes … seeking to provoke a response from the United States of America,” he said. “They may believe that a response from us, in one fashion or another, would be advantageous to them. And so we need to be mindful of that.”... United States officials privately concluded that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hacking even as Sony canceled the release of a comedy that features the fictional assassination of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and that apparently prompted the cyberattack. Mr. Earnest would not confirm the North Korean role at his daily briefing but he did not deny it either...
Asked at yesterday’s <12/22/14 http://deadline.com/2014/12/obama-sony-hack-attack-north-korea-1201330493/> briefing what President Obama’s position is on a movie comedy that depicts the assassination of an actual leader of a country, Earnest responded patiently:“The president and the administration stand squarely on the side of artists and other private citizens who seek to freely express their views. Sometimes those viewers can be laced with criticism, or are sometimes intended to provoke either some kind of either comedic response or one intended to be some element of pretty biting social commentary. All that is appropriate and well within the right of private citizens to express their views.”

Sony Releases 'The Interview' Online
12/24/14 http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-praises-sony-decision-to-release-th...
The movie, was released at 1700 UTC Wednesday and will be available across several digital platforms including YouTube, Google Play, and Microsoft Xbox...U.S-based Internet monitoring company Dyn Research said the reason for the outage is not clear, but was consistent with "a fragile network under external attack." North Korea has not commented on a disruption.. But it has adamantly denied involvement in hacking Sony Pictures....

looking for something to do tonight, queue up 'The Interview'
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2014/12/24/evening-news-roundup-wedne...
Not at 3,000 movie theaters. It might be even better: The Interview is showing Christmas Eve on the Internet, including on YouTube, the world's largest video website. Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed on Wednesday that it has worked out a deal to make the threatened Seth Rogen/James Franco assassination farce available to anyone with an Internet connection and a credit card. Here's what you should know before you pony up

'The Interview'? Here's what you need to know
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2014/12/11/the-interview-revie...
Really? This is what all the fuss is about? Interview's idea sounded inspired...Considering the controversy and chaos Sony Pictures Studios is undergoing because of it, The Interview fails to live up to the hype... A floundering rowdy comedy grows duller by the minute... lurching back and forth between broad humor and self-reflexive attempts to mitigate culturally insensitive or misogynistic moments...Maybe that's why Seth Rogen offered to smoke pot with audiences - perhaps the story seems funnier in an altered state...

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