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Obama: Sony made mistake in shelving film under pressure by North Korea hackers; vows response

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has declared that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving "The Interview" after the company's computer systems were hacked.
   The satirical film is about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.
   At a year-end news conference Friday, Obama pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the cyberattack on Sony. The FBI is blaming the hack on the communist government. North Korea denies the allegation.
   Obama says he wishes Sony executives had spoken to him before pulling the film, saying "We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship."
   Sony says it had to cancel the movie's release since theaters were refusing to show it. In a statement, it says it's only cancelled the Christmas Day theatrical release of "The Interview" and its "actively surveying alternatives" to release the film on a different platform.

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