The Sony Pictures hacking scenario is an American “propaganda effort” to hype the movie as well as its underlying message that North Korea is an “aggressive” state, a political analyst says.
Speaking to Press TV in a Saturday interview, Don DeBar, activist and radio host, said that the recent “hype” around the hacking of Sony Pictures followed by the alleged leaking of The Interview script must be taken with “a box of salt”.
“What we are talking about here is a film with a second-rate comedic actor about North Korea, which in the United States on its own being released normally, would draw precisely no one to the theaters.”
It would be “generous” to call the entire thing “much ado about nothing” he said, adding, “We don’t even know if there is actually a film or just a trailer.”
“No one in the United States is interested in North Korea on a daily basis unless there is some big deal hyped up by the news,” he said. “Hyping it like this with this event actually made that movie extremely valuable and promoted in a way that would not be available in any other way.”
“And it’s done perfectly in sync with the propaganda message that the movie obviously contains: North Korea is aggressive. North Korea is anti-democratic. North Korea is anti-free speech.”
DeBar continued that the problem with the US official story is that the only proof it has on North Korea’s involvement in the hacking, is “that the FBI said so,” apart from claims by the “Sony Pictures’ PR department.”
The FBI said in a statement on Friday it "now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible” for a “destructive” cyberattack on Sony Pictures that has raised fears of terrorist attacks in the United States.
The hack has paralyzed Sony Pictures and led to the cancelation of a controversial comic movie, “The Interview,” which depicts the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“Why is the United States concerned or involved here?” asked the analyst.
“The last time I looked Sony was domiciled in Japan, specifically in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. And so it’s a Japanese multi-national corporation not an American one. And one would think that some sort of an offence by a state actor or anyone else against the Japanese corporation would be a concern for the Japanese government, and not the United States government,” DeBar noted.
US President Barack Obama threatened on Friday to retaliate against the alleged cyber attack on Sony Pictures after the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced its findings.
"They caused a lot of damage and we will respond. We will respond proportionally… in a place, time, and manner that we choose,” said the US president at a year-end news conference.
The North Korean government insisted on Saturday that it was not behind the hacking and proposed a joint investigation with the US to prove it had no involvement in the cyber attacks.
DeBar concluded “It doesn’t make any sense to me other than being a pursuit of some policy like the Pivot to Asia, where the US continues pressuring North Korea, and by the way, on the same day that the South Korean court evicted leftists from the parliament and shut down their party” because they were against the state program to demonize North Korea.