WikiLeaks creates a new wave of scrutiny surrounding Sony Hack

Published: Apr 21, 2015 01:11am EDT
By Rick Rinker, Political Editor for Konsume Politics

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 21, 2015 @ 01:11am EDT


Last week, Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks released a searchable, hosted database of nearly 200,000 documents and emails related to the Sony hack in November of 2014. The searchable database of Sony documents has generated an avalanche of revelations and follow up stories from a full range of the entertainment, business and technology press corps.

Among the latest revelations are a seemingly tumultuous relationship between Sony Pictures executives and Netflix over the streaming service’s refusal to block subscribers’ access overseas, who use a VPN, to watch American licensed content.

There are an endless cascade of snarky emails by Sony executives about Hollywood agents, directors and talent. While these type of emails can be found in almost offices email server, one of the more interesting things to come out of the searchable database is that multiple Sony executives appear to have downloaded a pirated copy of the book “Inside Cyber Warfare” by Jeffery Carr, and then passed it around to colleagues via email.

It’s difficult to ignore the irony of Sony executives illegally pirating content as Sony Picture Entertainment is particularly litigious when it comes to enforcing copyrights of its music, movies and PlayStation gaming platform around the world.

In an apparent attempt to curtail follow up stories, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Attorney, David Boies, issued a statement warning media outlets that the publication of “stolen information” is illegal, he then compared the release of documents to the September 11th attacks and went so far to say that WikiLeaks’ actions somehow silences dissident speech in North Korea.

The importance of WikiLeaks in light of the latest searchable database release is undeniable. Stories that went undiscovered in the initial data dump are now fuelling a full second wave of follow-up stories, much to the chagrin of Sony Picture Entertainment.

In fact, the Sony Hack release is one of the few releases that WikiLeaks has taken on that isn’t mired in controversy over state secrets, classified information or diplomatic fallout. Indeed this latest revelation is one that even gossip outlets and entertainment blogs have found useful in conducting original research.

So this begs the question, is this an opening for WikiLeaks to find some mainstream acceptance after a very long decade of being branded public enemy number one?


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