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  1. Stalin

    Stalin Well-Known Member

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    The FBI offered no proof of a North Korean link to the hacking attack on Sony, which led to the studio’s cancellation of the planned December 25 release of the Seth Rogen film The Interview, a comedy whose premise is that two American journalists are contracted by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    The FBI statement claimed several similarities between computer code used in the malware deployed against Sony and that used in previous attacks linked to North Korea, but these claims are unsubstantiated and computer security experts interviewed in the press have cast doubt on whether any definitive links can be established.
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    Meanwhile, evidence continues to surface that the entire Sony Pictures affair, going back to the original decision by the studio to make a film depicting the murder of Kim Jong-un, was a provocation inspired by the US military-intelligence apparatus.

    Email communications obtained by the online publication Daily Beast and cited in many columns and commentaries Friday strongly suggest this. Sony Pictures co-chairman Michael Lynton is on the board of trustees of the Rand Corporation, a leading private consulting firm for the CIA and Pentagon, and it was Rand’s North Korea specialist, Bruce Bennett, who pushed hard for the Sony film to focus on the assassination of North Korea’s ruler.

    According to one of these emails, Seth Rogen, the film’s co-director, had initially intended the film to target an unnamed leader of an unnamed country, and it was Lynton himself “that told them to not use a fictitious name, but to go with Kim Jong-un.” The same message, written by Marisa Liston, a Sony senior vice president, said that Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg “mention that a former CIA agent and someone who used to work for Hillary Clinton looked at the script.”

    An email from Bennett, the Rand analyst, to Lynton suggested that the film could actually help unseat the North Korean regime. “I have been clear that the assassination of Kim Jong Un is the most likely path to a collapse of the North Korean government,” Bennett wrote. “I believe that a story that talks about the removal of the Kim family regime and the creation of a new government by the North Korean people (well, at least the elites) will start some real thinking in South Korea and, I believe, in the North once the DVD leaks into the North (which it almost certainly will).”

    Lynton responded, “Bruce—Spoke to someone very senior in State (confidentially). He agreed with everything you have been saying. Everything. I will fill you in when we speak.”

    Other emails name two State Department officials—Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel and Ambassador Robert King, US special envoy for North Korea human-rights issues—as providing input to the film.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/nkor-d20.html

    Comrade Stalin
    Gori
     
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    Coup by movie ? Seriously ?
    How many NK people would have seen this flick ? And even if the number exceeded 10 how does watching a movie enable the effort ?
     
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    Sony will release the movie as scheduled on Christmas Day and around 200 movie theatres in the US will screen The Interview. It has become a freedom of speech issue for Americans and it was unacceptable for them to be silenced by North Korean hackers. North Koreans lost their Internet access for a day due to DOS attacks originated in the US but only few people were affected as the vast majority of them do not have access in the first place. At least six of the denial-of-service attacks originated from the United States during the country's working hours (9 am to 6:30 pm) and the Obama administration may be behind these DOS attacks. North Korea’s rudimentary Internet infrastructure relies entirely on the routers of a Chinese company called China Unicom and disrupting North Korea's Internet connections for an entire day would not be too difficult for experienced hackers employed by the US government.

     
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    What makes you so sure the North Koreans were behind the Sony hacks?
     
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    NK gets their internet connections through China. I heard a hacker say that it wouldn't be hard to make it look like NK did the deed.
     
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    Remember the last this regime told the American people a threat was caused by a film?
     
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    Its easy enough to pull that trick from anywhere at all. The skill lies in peeling back the onion to see where it really happened. We got guys who can but we have no way to know if they did or not. Could as easily be the jihadis or putin as any.
     
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    Can anyone define the actions of this madman?

    Obama orders sanctions on NKorea for 'SONY hack'...


    The actions were based on an executive order President Obama signed on vacation in Hawaii, as part of what he had promised would be a “proportional response” against the country.

    But in briefings for reporters, officials said they could not establish that any of the 10 officials had been directly involved in the destruction of much of the studio’s computing infrastructure.
     
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    Sounds like the same mentality that came out of Holder's office with "Fast and Furious". "The ends justify the means" and all that.
     
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    And, what "end" would that be? Starting a war with North Korea over something they were not responsible for?
     
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