More publicity for 'The Interview'
Sony Pictures couldn't buy this kind of publicity for its all-but-scrapped North Korean comedy The Interview — though the hack it apparently sparked may well end up being the costliest cyberattack on a business ever. Mitt Romney, the once and maybe future GOP presidential candidate, has a very plausible plan that would allow Sony to cleanse itself of some of the stench of defeat:
If North Korea really brought Sony Pictures to its knees over the movie, and got The Interview pulled from theatrical release through threats of terrorism, just to keep people from seeing leader Kim Jong Un fictionally assassinated on-screen, then why not give the world what North Korea doesn't want? The Interview, after all, is one of the few pilfered Sony films the hackers didn't leak online. And if Sony is scared of further reprisal, there are ways the movie could show up online without the studio's fingerprints. That would dampen Sony's public redemption, but sometimes revenge is a dish best served with a side of plausible deniability. Just ask North Korea.