December 9th, 2014
09:46 PM ET

North Korea calls Sony cyberattack "a righteous deed"

The hackers taking responsibility for the sophisticated cyber attack against Sony Pictures is making a demand - it wants the company to stop the movie, "The Interview," a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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North Korea is strongly suspected of being behind the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Sony mega-hack: What you need to know

The cyber attack revealed a trove of sensitive information, including:

  • Entire films and movie scripts
  • Salaries of 6,000 employees
  • Internal memos and emails
  • More than 47,000 Social Security numbers of movie stars, employees, and contractors

Employees were threatened, receiving email messages that read, "your family will be in danger." Sony Pictures is calling it a terrorist attack.

North Korea denies responsibility, but calls the hack "a righteous deed." The hackers taking responsibility warned the company to stop showing the movie of "terrorism."

OutFront, Gordon Chang, who is a columnist and author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World."

Filed under: Business • Entertainment • News • North Korea
December 9th, 2014
09:26 PM ET

Fmr. CIA official: CIA torture report provides ISIS propaganda material

On Tuesday, the FBI and Homeland Security warned federal and local law enforcement to be on guard for violent extremists reacting to an explosive report on the CIA's use of torture.

The report charges that the agency's enhanced interrogation techniques were even more brutal than previously stated and didn't work in obtaining actionable intelligence.

The report details torture that included mock executions, threats of sexual abuse of detainees and even threats of sexual abuse of their family members. Prisoners were kept awake for more than seven days at a time. One prisoner was chained to the floor and left to freeze to death, while others were hooded, then beaten while being dragged.

The report says the techniques were not only "deeply flawed" but they often yielded "fabricated" information - hallucinatory detainees saying anything to make it stop.

The CIA fired back, saying the program was "effective" and substantially helped them obtain crucial information in the war of terror.

Senator John McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam defended the report, while passionately condemning torture.

McCain makes passionate defense for torture report's release

"I know from personal experience that abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence," McCain said on the Senate floor.

But with the FBI's warning of retaliation from violent extremists reacting to the CIA report, should it have been released?

OutFront, Hank Crumpton was deputy director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center. He was in charge of CIA operations in Afghanistan after 9/11 when his team of 100 CIA agents helped crush the Taliban. He spent 24 years in the CIA and worked for then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Filed under: International • Terror Attack • Terrorism • Torture Report
December 9th, 2014
08:56 PM ET

Key evidence from Ferguson case not released

There are new questions about the prosecutor in the Michael Brown case and what exactly he's releasing when it comes to the evidence presented to the grand jury.

Ferguson case: New mountain of grand jury documents released

County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch released hundreds of new pages of evidence Tuesday - but one key piece of information still being withheld is from a key witness to Brown's shooting.

Some are wondering whether McCulloch has something to hide?

CNN's Sara Sidner has more OutFront.

Filed under: Michael Brown • News
December 9th, 2014
08:34 PM ET

Prince William and Kate endure a royal soaking

Prince William and his wife, Kate, will be flying home Tuesday night as their first trip to New York City comes to an end. But in terms of the weather, their last day in the Big Apple was a bit of a royal pain in the neck. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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Filed under: International • Jeanne Moos • News