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December 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

President Obama said at a news conference today (Friday) that it was a “mistake” for Sony to have canceled its planned release of The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, following threats from a group that appeared aligned with the government of North Korea. Earlier the group had hacked into Sony’s computer system, leaking hundreds of sensitive documents, including confidential corporate data and email.

The comedy depicts a U.S. plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Il.

“Sony is a corporation. It has suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I’m sympathetic, but having said all that, I think they made a mistake [in pulling the film],” the president said, adding that he wished Sony executives had discussed their planned move with him.

He also remarked: “It says something about the state of North Korea that it launches a cyber attack about a satirical film starring Seth Rogen.”