Last year the entertainment world was rocked with the release of hacked Sony Pictures emails and now the story has resurfaced due to WikiLeaks publishing 170,000 of the hacked emails plus another 20,000 documents as well as have made the files easily and fully searchable. Although Sony is not happy about this developement, accused WikiLeaks of being a part of the problem and basically claiming that they are capitalizing off of stolen information, in a statement, WikiLeaks’ Editor-In-Chief, Julian Assange had this to say,
“This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geopolitical conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”
Originally in November of 2014, a group who call themselves Guardians of Peace, released the emails by uploading them to a peer-to-peer torrent site available for anyone to download. Most notably was the movie The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Because the movie was somewhat of a spoof on North Koren Leader Kim Jong-un and including an assignation plot, it was rumored that the hack was perpetrated by the North Korean government.
Among the newly released emails it was revealed that Ben Affleck, star of the forthcoming Batman movie, attempted to suppress information discovered on the PBS show, Finding Your Roots about his ancestors having owned slaves. After giving it some thought, Havard University Professor and host of the show, Henry Louis Gates Jr. ultimately denied the request, stating, “It would be a violation of PBS rules, actually, even for Batman” and also that that is would “embarrass him and compromise the shows integrity.”
The show did however end up airing without that bit of information. As for the reason, Gates offered this statement…
We are very grateful to all of our guests for allowing us into their personal lives and have told hundreds of stories in this series including many about slave ancestors—never shying away from chapters of a family’s past that might be unpleasant. Ultimately, I maintain editorial control on all of my projects and, with my producers, decide what will make for the most compelling program.