Julian Assange, Wikileaks’ founder, claimed the publication of the hacked material was in the public interest because it revealed the machinations of multinational corporations. Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London, in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden.
He said in a post on the Wikileaks web site that the information revealed close connections between the Sony corporation and lobbying activities at the heart of the US government in Washington DC.
There is nothing particularly new about this though – for years Intel, Microsoft and others have had little offices in Washington DC in a bid to influence American politicos to vo their way. Sony has also extensive links with the MPAA – but that isn’t much of a surprise either.
Sony hit out against the publishing of the hacking information – suggesting that Wikileaks was colluding with criminals by publishing the material.
Assange said that the material is newsworthy and belongs in the public domain. He said Wikileaks would make sure the information stayed up on the web.