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Newt Gingrich: Sony Hack Is America's First Cyberwar Defeat

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 10:43 PM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the release of the movie "The Interview" in the wake of hackers' threats represents nothing less than America's first defeat in a cyberwar.

Taking to Twitter:


... and in an interview with the gossip website TMZ, the former Republican presidential aspirant said the defeat, in his view, sets a frightening precedent, charging the hack by a group calling itself Guardians of Peace was a clear "act of war."

Story continues below video.



Sony has been targeted by hackers enraged at the satire of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the film, first releasing damaging studio emails, followed by threats of violence at theaters that carry the film.

U.S. officials have linked the massive hack attack against Sony to the North Korean government.

Earlier Wednesday, Sony announced ti was pulled the film altogether; it had been scheduled for a Dec. 25 release.

Gingrich also tweeted actor Rob Lowe, who had compared Sony's decision to yank the movie to Britain's allowing Nazi Germany to accumulate territory in the leadup to World War II.

In the Lowe tweet, Gingrich reiterated his view the hack was "an act of war."


Talking to TMZ on video, Gingrich says he wants President Barack Obama to treat the hackers just like Osama bin Laden: by tracking them down and taking revenge for the massive breach.

Gingrich says Sony's decision opens the door for foreign terrorists to control American media.

"If they [the Sony hackers] can pull it off, do the Iranians come next?"

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the release of the movie "The Interview" in the wake of hackers' threats represents nothing less than America's first defeat in a cyberwar.
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