Sony Lawyer: “WikiLeaks’ conduct rewards a totalitarian regime…”

Sony Lawyer, David Boies, cautioned against media outlets using hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment letters and documents on Wikileaks. This warning comes after the controversial Wikileaks website posted confidential Sony documents that were hacked by cyber terrorists.

Wikileaks published some 200,000 documents made public by last year’s cyber terrorist attack on computers at Sony’s Tokyo branch. The attack was focused on computers linked to North-Korea by the U.S. Government. The cyber-attack was allegedly in protest to the networks airing of “The Interview” which made fun of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Boies’s April 17 letter to media outlets read: “SPE does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading, or making any use of the Stolen Information.”

Editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, Julian Asange responded by noting that the Sony documents showed “the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation” and therefore the information must be made available to the public.

Boies rebuttal to Asange’s statement was to issue a second letter to media houses: “WikiLeaks’ conduct rewards a totalitarian regime seeking to silence dissident speech, and imposes disincentives on entities such as SPE who depend on trade secrets, confidential information, and protection of intellectual property to exercise their First Amendment rights every day.”


[Editor’s Note:]While Wikileaks may have been lauded for exposing individuals, companies and scandalous secrets, the act of placing a large amount of documents about Sony online is paramount to kicking a dog when it’s down. Aside from the educational benefit of these documents there is the increased traffic and popularity of the platform during the revelation that Wikileaks clearly benefits from. To put it mildly, the social cause citied by Wikileaks is at best, a sad excuse.

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