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Lindsey Graham: China Had to Know About North Korean Cyber Attack

By    |   Sunday, 28 December 2014 02:08 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he can't imagine North Korean hackers hit Sony Pictures' computers without China knowing at least something about it.

"I can't imagine anything this massive happening in North Korea without China being involved or at least knowing about it,"the South Carolina Republican told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."

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And while Graham gave President Barack Obama some praise for how he's handled North Korea and its cyber attack on Sony Pictures over its controversial comedy "The Interview," he said the president could still go further when it comes to making North Korea "feel the pain that is due."

He told Bash that Obama should return North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terror, and called for added sanctions against leader Kim Jong Un's regime.

Graham also criticized Obama for labeling the attacks on Sony's systems as "cybervandalism" during a CNN interview last week, and not as cyberterrorism.

"What's happened here it shows how exposed we are in America to cyberattack," Graham said Sunday. "If North Korea can do this to a major corporation in America, what can other people do to our country?"

The FBI has determined that North Korea was behind the attack on Sony, but a growing number of cyber-security experts say a company insider rather than a North Korean agent may be responsible for the hacking amid Sony's plans to release its movie about a fictional assassination plot against Kim Jong Un.

The FBI has said that it does not suspect any other countries, including China, of being involved in the attack.

Also on Sunday, Graham criticized Obama's role in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, and while he agrees with the president that the Cuban facility should be closed, he doesn't think the terror suspects incarcerated there should be released.

Instead, Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the prisoners should be put in a military prison in the United States and held indefinitely without trial "under the laws of war."

More than 100 detainees have already been released after a task force said they posed little threat to the United States, but Graham said he doesn't believe many Congressmen actually want to close the center, which was opened after the 9/11 attacks.

"I don't think there's any appetite in Congress to close Guantanamo Bay," he said. "I think the American people want to keep it open. Most people in the world are more worried about terrorists leaving Guantanamo Bay than they are the prison being open."

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