North Korea: Sony Hack 'Righteous,' But Not Ours

Pyongyang not amused with being blamed by 'South Korea puppet group'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2014 10:11 AM CST
Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – North Korea had nothing to do with the massive hack on Sony, thank you very much, but Pyongyang is totally down with whoever did the deed: In a long-on-drama statement to state-run KCNA, a government spokesman says that the Sony hit "might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers" of the North, which does "not know where in America the SONY Pictures is situated," much less "for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack," and anyway, it doesn't even "feel the need to know about it." What is clear, per the statement, is that Sony is hawking "a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership" of Pyongyang.

It further dinged "the South Korea puppet group" as "keen on serving its master" for "floating the false rumor that the north was involved in the hacking that happened in the U.S., a country far across the ocean." The North is especially touchy, notes the New York Times, after the UN called for its leadership to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. A Pentagon report last year said that given limited economic resources, Pyongyang may well see hacking as "a cost-effective way to develop asymmetric, deniable military options," adds the Times. Meanwhile, TMZ notes that James Franco—star of The Interview, the "film abetting a terrorist act" in question—took a swipe at the hack last night on Saturday Night Live.

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