Obama: Sony Made a Mistake Pulling The Interview

By Kate Knibbs on at

In a news conference today, President Barack Obama addressed the Sony hack and said that Sony's decision to pull the film was a mistake.

Reporters asked the president what a proportionate response looked like to the Sony hack, and whether the decision to pull the movie was a mistake.

"Sony is a corporation, it suffered significant damage, there were some threats against employees, I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake."

"If someone is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, think of what they can do if they see a documentary they don't like, or a news report they don't like," the president continued, noting that self-censorship was another concern. "That's not who we are. That's not what America's about," he said.

"I wish they had spoken to me first," the president said about Sony. "Don't get into a pattern where you're intimidated by these kinds of attacks."

The president confirmed that the attack was carried out by North Korea. "We will respond. We will respond proportionally and we will respond in a place and a time and a manner that we choose," the president said.

The North Korean embassy continues to deny that the hermetic country was involved with the hack.