The juicy, indecorous, and predictably embarrassing disclosures from last week's hacking of the Sony Pictures network inspired everything from tabloid splashes and lawsuits to yet another crash course on journalism ethics. "Are reporters simply working as tools in a possible North Korean cyberwar?" Anne Helen Petersen asked. "And so much for our national outrage over the National Security Agency reading our stuff," Aaron Sorkin chided.
Apparently, we are still missing the message. According to the Guardians of Peace, the hackers who claimed responsibility of the hack, the casus belli for the Sony operation is the upcoming Christmas release of The Interview, the new Seth Rogen and James Franco joint, in which the duo set out to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. On Tuesday, the group upped the stakes significantly by issuing semi-veiled threats to attack the movie premiere and "the very time and places 'The Interview' be shown."
More ominously yet, in the group's e-mail, it called on Sony and any place planning to show the film to "Remember the 11th of September 2001."
The slightly incoherent screed went on, "If your house is nearby, you'd better leave. Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment."