WikiLeaks has posted a searchable database of all of the Sony documents leaked in a massive cyberattack last fall.
The White House previously blamed the hack on North Korea in connection with the release of the movie "The Interview," which depicted the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The database includes 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails.
The items that have already made headlines include emails showing executives criticizing various stars and making racially-tinged comments, as well as a then-failed deal for Marvel and Sony to share control of the Spider-Man movie franchise (which they have since worked out). However, WikiLeaks argues in a press release that the documents are about matters of import in the political arena too.
"This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation," WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange says in the release. "It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there."
"The Sony Archives show that behind the scenes this is an influential corporation, with ties to the White House (there are almost 100 U.S. government email addresses in the archive), with an ability to impact laws and policies, and with connections to the U.S. military-industrial complex," WikiLeaks says in the release.
They specifically cite Sony's lobbying when it comes to the Internet, piracy, copyright and trade agreements. WikiLeaks also talks about the support that Sony executives have given to prominent Democrats, including a dinner with President Barack Obama at Martha's Vineyard. WikiLeaks published the database with a logo showing Spider-Man pulling up his mask to reveal a Democratic Party donkey symbol.
Sony released a statement responding to WikiLeaks posting the Sony hack database:
"The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly condemn the indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information on WikiLeaks. The attackers used the dissemination of stolen information to try to harm SPE and its employees, and now WikiLeaks regrettably is assisting them in that effort. We vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks’ assertion that this material belongs in the public domain and will continue to fight for the safety, security, and privacy of our company and its more than 6,000 employees."
This story has been updated.