WASHINGTON – Wikileaks, the website headed by Julian Assange, on Thursday published online all the documents and emails from Sony Pictures that last year were allegedly stolen by North Korean hackers.
The database published by Wikileaks consists of more than 30,000 documents, 173,000 emails and 2,200 email addresses from Sony Pictures Entertainment, the moviemaking affiliate of the Japanese tech giant.
In a communique, Assange, who founded Wikileaks, wrote in a statement that the information is “newsworthy and at the centre (sic) of a geopolitical conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”
He added that “This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation.”
Sony responded with a statement of its own in which it criticized the publication of the searchable database, which it said was private information obtained through a “criminal act.”
The hacking of Sony began last year and, according to the U.S. government, was the responsibility of North Korean cyber-pirates who were acting in reprisal for the release of a Sony Pictures film – “The Interview” – which makes fun of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The documents made public by Wikileaks contain details of Sony’s relationships with politicians and its business strategies vis-a-vis its competition, among other things.
At the same time, it places at the disposal of Web users personal data collected on the multinational’s employees.
Until the publication of the searchable database by Wikileaks, the information had been made public in phases and the media had edited out sensitive data in their reporting of it.