GOP senator calls for Sony hack hearing

Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkLiberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Biden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine' MORE (R-Ill.) called on Congress to hold hearings on the destructive cyberattack that forced Sony Pictures to cancel the theatrical release of its controversial comedy, “The Interview.”

The FBI has pinned the attack on North Korea, which was angered over the film’s depiction of a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


“Congress should schedule hearings for the American people to learn if other countries assisted North Korea in this attack, see what series of events led theater owners to self-censor, and to know the full threat of cyber warfare that is facing us,” Kirk said in a statement.

The White House has vowed to “respond proportionally” to the incident. Reportedly, the administration is considering a slate of economic sanctions in addition to adding the reclusive country to a list of states sponsoring terrorism.

The Sony hackers made threats of Sept. 11-style attacks on any theater screening the film.

“America does not answer to North Korea or the demands of terrorists, and the theaters that decide to take a stand against terrorism and show this film should be protected by the law," Kirk said.

The Illinois senator sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Banking Committee.

Other lawmakers have urged Congress to focus on the Sony hack, which exposed troves of the film studio’s sensitive documents and emails, potentially costing the company upwards of $100 million.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the incoming Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, pledged to hold a hearing on the issue within the first two weeks of the next Congress.