North Korea says it is not responsible for a cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The response comes a day after the FBI blamed the communist country for embarrassing leaks at Sony over the past few weeks that involved A-list celebrities and culminated in threats against the release of the movie “The Interview,” a comedy premised on a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
After several theatre chains decided not to run the picture, Sony cancelled its release.
In a state-run media report, North Korea said it had been framed by the FBI and can prove it had nothing to do with attacks.
Meanwhile “The Interview,” will not be released in theatres as planned on Christmas Day.
The comedy follows two American journalists who are asked to assassinate supreme leader Kim Jong- un.
U.S.President Barack Obama says he’s disappointed it won’t be seen on the big screen.
“Yes I think they made a mistake. I with they had spoken to me first. We can’t have a society in which some dictator can start imposing censorship here in the U.S.
The FBI says it linked malware used in the Sony attacks to North Korea.
Tens of thousands of e-mails and confidential files were made public
Then came the terror threats.
Sony said it didn’t want to pull “The Interview,” but theatres were refusing to show it.
A Steve Carrel project set in North Korea has also been scrapped.
Pyongyang is warning of serious consequences if Washington continues what it calls slander, and rejects a joint probe to prove North Korea’s innocence.
Washington is warning it will retaliate for the attack, but no word yet on how.
The U.S. already has strict sanctions against North Korea and it’s not likely going to strike militarily.