WikiLeaks Publishes Stolen Sony Documents
Searchable database is made public
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2015 2:32 PM CDT
The Sony Pictures Plaza building in Culver City, Calif.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) – Remember when Sony Pictures got hacked and dribs and drabs of embarrassing emails were made public? Things are poised to get worse for Sony: WikiLeaks has published more than 170,000 emails and 30,000 other documents obtained in the hack, reports the Hollywood Reporter. They're all available via a searchable database here. The rationale of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: "This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there."

The Verge notes that the information had previously been in the hands of several journalists, but the database now makes it easy for anyone to search through the files. Sony chief Amy Pascal lost her job in the wake of the hacking, which is still officially unsolved. A leading theory is that North Korea was behind the move in retaliation for the Seth Rogen movie The Interview.