Leakgate has gone from blackmail to terrorism, cyberterrorism.
Some politicians, like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, are calling it an act of war.
Gingrich tweeted, “America has lost its first cyberwar.”
Lost, because Sony Pictures bowed to threats and pressure from the cyber hackers and pulled from theaters the controversial movie that started all of this.
They may not have had much of a choice after 5 major theater chains said they would not run the movie titled “The Interview starring Seth Rogen, which was to open on Christmas Day.
Through U.S. investigators, CNN has learned that as soon as Thursday government officials are expected to announce that hackers working for Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, are responsible for hacking and leaking the emails.
They are apparently upset at the movie’s plot and the portrayal of North Korean President Kim Jong-un.
Lawyer and political commentator Alan Dershowitz had this to say about it last night on my show CNN Tonight.
“They have declared war on our First Amendment and they have won the first victory. This is Pearl Harbor and we have to decide how to respond. And we must respond.”
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told me he doesn’t see any options for the U.S. to respond directly, other than leaders like President Obama speaking up for the First Amendment and speaking out against the actions of Sony and other theaters which chose to pull the movie.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told me the damage is already done.
“What North Korea has learned is that they can stop a movie which means that they think they can stop a newspaper if there’s a story that they don’t like or they can stop a cable news network if they don’t like what we’re broadcasting. And that is a very chilling message.”
The message comes in the form of a terror threat from the hackers who call themselves ‘Guardians of Peace.’
They said that if the movie was shown, “The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.”
Freedom is what terrorists hate about America.
Question is, by choosing not to run the movie, did Sony surrender our freedom to the enemy?