Last week, we called it a ‘false flag’ hack, and this week we find out that’s exactly what it was.
Official FBI claims that North Korea was behind the ‘Sony hack’ were debunked today by two leading cyber security firms. More on that later, but first, let’s look at the failure of film itself…
To anyone in media or politics who said this week that it was our “patriotic duty as Americans” to go and see this movie, I hereby banish you to the outer realm of the consensus reality Bardo (in other words, you should be working for the North Korean government, not ruining America).
Despite being hyped and spun with unprecedented faux patriotic fervor, and getting a ton of free publicity from President Obama, Sony Entertainment’s The Interview is officially a flop.
The film was released in 331 independently owned cinemas on Christmas Day, pulling a paltry $1 million in gate receipts, as well as an equally poor showing on the download charts too. The film was a big hit on the ‘illegal’ download front though. According to the blog TorrentFreak, the film was downloaded around 750,000 times as of yesterday (we use the term ‘illegal’ loosely here, because it would a real crime to charge money to see this turkey).
Between Sony, the White House and a highly autistic US media, no other movie in history has been given so much political hype. Unfortunately on this occasion, the steak hasn’t lived up to the sizzle.
The main reason it bombed is the same reason most films bomb – because it’s a really bad film.
Overall reviews have been less than favorable. On the internet’s largest movie review site, Rotten Tomatoes, critic’s scores dropped from 53% before its release, to 47% (and dropping) after its Christmas Day opening - the lowest rating of all major releases. Other sites generally rate it at 2 and a half stars (Dumb and Dumber To got about the same, so you get the picture).
Critics at the Washington Post said the film “isn’t as edgy as its reputation suggests”. Tomatoes described it as containing “middling (average) laughs”, and paints ‘stars’ Seth Rogen and James Franco as merely, “likable” (rather generous). Reviewers at Screen Rant were a bit tougher on Sony’s marginal effort, describing the film as, “not all that buzz-worthy”, and “a juvenile political fantasy”, which “plays more like a sketch show or sitcom rather than a theatrical film.”
In fact, this brainchild was hatched by the great Hollywood minds behind celluloid masterpieces like Superbad, The 40 Year Old Virgin and This Is The End - all productions that were pitched at the 13-15 year old demographic. In other words, if you want to pay $12 (plus another $10 for nibbles) to see a bad ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch on a big screen – then The Interview is for you.
Why did Sony go through so much trouble (and money) to push a mediocre cinema production? In 21st Century America, the majority of Americans still get their political analysis and history in entertainment form – getting their history from Hollywood’s prestige biopics – many of which are fictional, or from TV ‘news comedy’ programs presented byJohn Stewartor Stephen Colbert. This demographic of news consumers will tell you that they don’t really care about news, and that The Interview is just ‘entertainment’ so it really doesn’t matter whether its fictional or not, because as far as they’re concerned, Kim Jung-Un is a nutty dictator and anything that undermines him is a good thing. This common rationale sounds eerily like many of our US State Department foreign policy briefings. It’s no wonder then, that Sony’s CEO Michael Lynton actually punted The Interview toboth the Rand Corporation and the US State Departmentfor approval (Lynton is also sits on the board of trustees at Rand Corp) during the final editing phase this past summer – with both blessing the film’s plot line of the assassination of the North Korean leader.
In the end, this was really a western propaganda film aboutregime change, and one which Washington nation-builders are eager to leak on DVD into North Korea (as mentioned in theWashington Post).
The film cost $46 million to make, with the studio and distributors paying an additional $40-50 million to market the production. It may be able to recover its costs over the long run, as curiosity around the publicity stunt is gradually wringed-out over time.
The publicity-driven events also served as a beta run for the studio’s long-term idea of selling its films directly to the public online, cutting out all of the middlemen. Quietly amid last week’s controversy, Sony had launched its own portal for downloading, entitled SeeTheInterview.com, where fans can see the film for $5.99. Similar direct deals were struck with Google Play and YouTube. Figures are not yet available, but studio execs are surely monitoring the numbers closely and will be looking at how best to optimize integrated marketing campaigns in order to coalesce with giant publicity stunts like we saw with The Interview.
It’s Official: Sony Hack was a ‘False Flag’
As 21WIRE predicted last week, Washington’s official conspiracy theory that North Korea was the villain behind the infamous Sony Hack – has crumbled…
Today we can confirm that two cyber security firms, Norse Corporation and Cloud Flare, conducted independent investigations into the hack and the results are a stark opposition to the FBI’s highly creative claim that Pyongyang carried out the historic hack. Experts confirmed that the alleged malware used in the cyber attack was in fact leaked years ago and any hacker could have utilized it since.
OBAMA: Took off for Hawaii after implicating North Korea for the hack.
If you remember, immediately after the hack hit the headlines, North Korea denied it, and smirking US media lambasted them for it. But now it’s abundantly clear that Pyongyang were telling the truth – while every single mainstream US broadcast journalist was parroting a huge lie.
Last week we saw an US President, the US State Department, George Clooney, and every single broadcast media anchor and analyst riffing off of the FBI wild conspiracy about how some nefarious, secretive, SPECTRE-like cyber espionage layer nestled in the bowels of Pyongyang, had unleashed this merciless attack on poor Sony. The alleged North Korean hacking cabal was first referred to by FOX News as “Unit 121″, and later called “Bureau 121″ by CNN, and this week finally rebranded to the “Reconnaissance General Bureau”. Just like a Hollywood plot itself, it was all invented. Pure fantasy.
It was also reported that the firms’ investigations had uncovered one former Sony Entertainment employee and security officer referred to as “Lena”, who had high level admin access to the company’s IT system, and who has connections to the hacking group, ‘Guardians of Peace’ (#GOP) who were blamed for the cyber attack. This means that the hack is more likely an ‘inside job’, and the motivations could have a redress for any number of grievances including Sony’s company lay-offs and online piracy prosecutions.
The fact that the President himself used this publicity stunt to grandstand on the issue cyber security shows just how shallow the office has become. What a poor actor he is; standing there, soaking the attention and cracking stupid jokes to the press corps, while simultaneously claiming that the Sony hack was ‘the biggest attack in history’ and that North Korea did it. Two massive porky pies, both of which pave the way for his “sweeping internet reforms”. Talk about an Orwellian abuse of power.
Yes, yes. Another round of lies from Hollywood and Washington propaganda spin-meisters.
One big bad publicity stunt for Sony, and one bad propaganda exercise by Washington DC.
Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan’s long familiarity with Saudi Arabia, owing to the time he spent there as the CIA station chief in Riyadh in the 1990s and his knowledge of Saudi oil operations, has paid off. Petroleum industry insiders claim that Brennan’s agents inside Saudi Aramco convinced the firm’s management and the Saudi Oil Ministry to begin fracking operations in order to stimulate production in Saudi Arabia’s oldest oil fields. The Saudis, who are not known for their hands-on knowledge of their nation’s own oil industry, agreed to what became an oil pricing catastrophe which would not only affect Saudi Arabia but oil producing nations around the world from Russia and Venezuela to Nigeria and Indonesia.
By pumping high-pressure salt water into older wells, some at a depth of three to six thousand feet, an inordinate amount of pressure was built up. The CIA’s oil industry implants knew what would occur when the fracking operations began. Due to the dangerously high water pressure, the Saudis were forced continuously pump oil until the pressure became equalized. That process is continuing. If the Saudis ceased pumping oil, they would permanently lose the wells to salt water contamination. In the current “pump it or lose it” situation, the Saudis are forced to pump at a rate that may take up to five years before they can slow down production rates to pre-glut levels.
The corporate media, including the Bloomberg and Dow Jones virtual business news monopolies, issued news reports claiming that the Saudis agreed to keep production high at the November meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in order to retain their market share amid increased U.S. oil production from fracking.
The net result of the CIA-inspired fracking operations, which the Saudis were warned not to pursue by petroleum engineers working for some foreign-based firms like Schlumberger, is that there will be an oil supply glut for the next 5 years. The glut will be followed by a reduction in Saudi oil production unless new oil fields are brought on line. There is now a major push by U.S. and Canadian oil companies to bring online the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States to offset the expected sharp rise in oil prices in four to five years. But with Canada suffering financially from the drop in oil revenues, the Keystone XL project is also on financially shaky ground.
The CIA operation to frack Middle Eastern oil fields was not only limited to Saudi Arabia. Oil industry sources have revealed that similar fracking caused over production problems in Kuwait and Iraq.
The CIA’s sabotage of Saudi and other oil fields is not a first for the agency. In 1982, a massive and devastating explosion of the Trans-Siberian Pipeline was said to have been the work of Trojan horse software implanted by a Canadian company on behalf of the CIA. Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Thomas Reed, who served in the Ronald Reagan White House, confirmed the CIA’s role in the industrial sabotage. The CIA cooperated with the Israeli Mossad in creating the Flame computer virus that crippled Iran’s nuclear enrichment equipment. Another CIA-Mossad virus, Stuxnet, had wreaked havoc on nuclear power plants around the world.
The CIA is believed to have played a part in the crash of the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 in May 2012 in Indonesia. A Russian military intelligence spokesman said that U.S. industrial sabotage in downing the flight, which killed 45 Indonesian and Russian nationals, was considered a likely cause. The crash came after the head of the Russian space agency, Roskosmos, said he believed that it was possible that the failure of the Phobos-Grunt mission to the moons of Mars may have been caused by American sabotage.
The CIA’s use of industrial sabotage against the Cuban sugar industry, the Chilean and Zambian copper industries, and the Haitian rice industry is legendary. Explosions at oil refineries in Iran, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, and Venezuela, pipeline explosions in Syria and Libya, and a Brazilian Petrobras marine oil rig collapse, have been attributed to CIA proxy terrorist groups.
The result of the sudden decline in oil prices has resulted in heavy damage to the economies of the CIA-targeted countries of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela. Brennan and his economic warfare operatives absolutely banked on the Saudi over-production to harm the economies of all three countries and the CIA has not been disappointed. The CIA figures that «regime change» would bring to power pro-U.S. governments in Russia, Venezuela, and Iran.
Already, from his base in Switzerland, exiled Russian tax evader billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky has called for President Vladimir Putin’s violent overthrow and even his assassination. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress took its cues from the CIA and voted to impose devastating economic sanctions on both Russia and Venezuela. President Barack Obama approved the congressional sanctions. Similar congressional legislation to increase sanctions on Iran is pending.
Russia has been harmed the most by the CIA’s Saudi oil production scheme. The Russian ruble fell 56 percent in value against the U.S. dollar while Russian interest rates climbed to 17 percent. The price of shares of Russia’s largest lending bank, Sberbank, fell 18 percent. Although the Russian economic collapse has resulted in financial ripples around the world, with Austrian and French banks losing their stock values and the value of the Polish zloty and Hungarian forint falling against the dollar, the Obama administration says that there will be no easing on economic sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine. Obama has also put the individual and institutional investments of American holders of Russian bonds in dire jeopardy.
The Pacific Investment Management Company’s (PEBIX) Emerging Markets Bond Fund, which holds over $800 million in Russian bonds, has lost almost 8 percent in value in the past few weeks.
Meanwhile, basic staples in Venezuela, including cooking oil, rice, and corn flour, are becoming hard to obtain. On the Venezuelan black market, the U.S. dollar has jumped 1700 percent in value against the Venezuelan bolivar. The CIA is using the financial collapse to push for an undemocratic overthrow of the Venezuelan government and CIA operatives are providing cash payments to Venezuelan opposition politicians and provocateurs.