*President Obama just put the hammer down on both Sony and North Korea in his year-end press conference from the White House.
Obama said the studio “made a mistake” in deciding to pull its “satirical movie” The Interview in the face of what FBI investigators believe was a hack of the company’s computer systems by North Korea.
He added, “I wish they’d spoken to me first. I would have told them: Do not get into the pattern in which you are intimidated.”
The company’s decision not to release the movie sets a bad precedent, Obama suggested.
“We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States,” he said. If a leader like North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is able to inspire such concern over a “satirical movie,” he said, “imagine what they start doing” with documentaries or news reports they don’t like.
The hack “caused a lot of damage,” and the U.S. will respond in a way that is “proportional and appropriate” and “in a time and place and manner that we choose,” Obama said. The response is “not something that I will announce today here at a press conference.”
The president wouldn’t say whether he plans to screen “The Interview” – just to make a statement. Though, he did say he had a long list of movies he’s hoping to watch.
Listen to the Sony portion of President Obama’s year end press conference below: