The blowback against the “sophisticated actors” who’ve managed to muzzle the dimwitted duo at the heart of gag flick “The Interview,” has now officially swelled from general outrage to international incident.
Earlier this week, lawmakers railed against the abrupt shelving of the absurdist romp, but the administration continued to play things close to the vest. No mas. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the campaign to short-circuit the release of “The Interview” appears to have been orchestrated by agents of North Korea.
“North Korea’s attack on SPE reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States. Though the FBI has seen a wide variety and increasing number of cyber intrusions, the destructive nature of this attack, coupled with its coercive nature, sets it apart,” the government agency relayed in an update . “North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves. Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior.”
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., couldn’t agree more.
“The decision to pull ‘The Interview’ from theatres unfortunately is a North Korean victory in its attack on our freedom. We better quickly respond comprehensively to defend freedom of speech in the face of terrorist threats and cyber attacks,” Royce urged colleagues in a statement advocating for the leveling of heightened sanctions against the rogue nation in the new year.
Ex-Sen. Christopher Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat who heads the Motion Picture Association of America, denounced the serious breach of protocol.
“This situation is larger than a movie’s release or the contents of someone’s private emails. This is about the fact that criminals were able to hack in and steal what has now been identified as many times the volume of all of the printed material in the Library of Congress and threaten the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who work in the film and television industry, as well as the millions who simply choose to go to the movies,” Dodd warned in a statement. “We cannot allow that front to be opened again on American corporations or the American people.”
For all the grandstanding, the Guardians of Peace failed to stymie the dissemination of the money shot from the goofball comedy.