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Newsmax Panel: Hypocrisy in Hollywood's Reaction to Sony Hack

By    |   Monday, 22 Dec 2014 12:43 PM

U.S. intelligence agencies likely were able to link North Korea to the massive hacks of Sony Pictures' computer system over the spy comedy "The Interview," but were reluctant to admit the link, former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz told Newsmax TV on Monday.

"I don't know if it was out of pride or maybe they had this notion that North Korea couldn't possibly have a cyber-warfare capability," Fleitz told "America's Forum" co-host John Bachman. "They reportedly had 1,800 officers working in cyber-warfare, some of them located around the world; it's a pretty significant effort."

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Former FBI assistant director Ron Hosko, appearing on the segment with Fleitz, said he believes the FBI is well equipped to deal with the Sony investigation but the United States tends to take a more "reactive posture" when it comes to attacks.

"We discover them either because of the great damage that's been done like Sony or in other cases where we see information go, we're not sure what it was that went," said Hosko. "We have a pretty good idea of who took it, but we're in a reactive mode and we're not in the posture where we are effectively defending against it."

But Fleitz noted that while Hollywood was vocally supportive of people like former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked troves of damaging documents, now there are many stars and studio executives worrying about their own secrets.

"I don't know where Hollywood was when Sarah Palin's emails were leaked," said Fleitz. "I don't remember them saying anything other than laughing at it. Leaking of this confidential information from Sony's computers, that's reprehensible, but I see a bit of a double standard here that they're worried about their own secrets and not the secrets of people on the other side of the political fence."

Hosko said he hopes Sony's experience will change the opinions of people in Hollywood.

"I too see and sense hypocrisy in some of the discussion coming from Sony," Hosko said.

"We have the Snowden disclosures now this morning coming here today. I heard more information may be coming off of WikiLeaks that may identify CIA agents working abroad. Those are state secrets, and it's incredibly troubling that that gets out there, to the extent that Sony or others would say, wel,l that's just free speech. I don't support that view."

Fleitz said U.S. intelligence officers are responding well to the Sony hacking, and there have been reports for years about the North Koreans' capabilities.

"I guess what I'm concerned is that we're focusing on what North Korea was able to do with its relatively small cyber operation, but China and Russia and even Iran probably have much larger operations," he said. "If the North Koreans got into Sony's computers this easily, what are these other nations doing?"

Further, Fleitz said he is not concerned that President Barack Obama has taken his holiday break, although the president has come under some criticism for heading off on vacation, but Fleitz is concerned the president won't call the Sony incident an act of terrorism.

"This was a cyber-terrorist attack," Fleitz said. "This only targeted the computers of an entertainment company ... it's cyber-war and it's an act of terrorism."
 
But Fleitz said he doesn't know there is a lot the United States can do in response.

"There should be consequences for North Korea when they come to us next time for aid ... or maybe if they want to resume nuclear talks," said Fleitz. "If they don't behave themselves, I don't think that we should play ball with them."

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