- The FBI stated publicly that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
President Obama said he thinks Sony made a mistake by withdrawing the movie The Interview in response to the hacking. Allahpundit writes:
“We cannot have a society,” he [Obama] says, “in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.” Fine words, but where was that spirit of defiance two years ago when Islamist nuts were threatening American embassies over the YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims”? That was their way of trying to get the U.S. government to start censoring Islam’s critics or, failing that, to get those critics to start censoring themselves. Obama explicitly acknowledges the threat of self-censorship created by the Sony hack, as you’ll see. And yet, when this same dynamic of intimidation emerged two years ago, he was less interested in free speech and chilling effects than he was in groveling…
However you want to slice this, the degree of support you’ll get from the Obama White House when thugs overseas threaten to destroy you for criticizing them apparently depends on who you are and who it is that’s feeling butthurt. We can’t have a society like that either. Or at least we shouldn’t.
- Matthew Continetti describes President Obama as a dictator’s best friend:
In this president the thugs in Havana and Caracas, Damascus and Tehran, Moscow and Naypyidaw and Beijing have no better friend. For these bullies, these evildoers, these millenarians and sectarians, Barack Obama is more than a dupe. He is an insurance policy.
A cyberattack against a German steel plant resulted in physical damage when the attackers gained control of a blast furnace.
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) continued investigating conservative groups after the judges presiding over the GAB ordered that the investigations be shut down. The GAB also considered using Wisconsin’s “John Doe” law to investigate national conservative personalities like Sean Hannity.
A Turkish judge issued an arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen. President Obama is an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but it’s unlikely he’d extradite Gulen.
The Pakistani army says it killed 59 “militants” in fights in the northwestern part of the country, including 32 in an ambush near the border with Afghanistan.
China claims it will build “an offshore observation network,” including satellite and radar stations, to bolster its maritime power.