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Aaron Sorkin calls Sony hack 'worse by magnitudes' than leak of celeb nudes

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In Aaron Sorkin’s latest argument for why the press shouldn’t publish material gleaned from the Sony hack, the writer argued that the hack is “worse by magnitudes” than the leak of nude photos of female celebrities earlier this year. Sorkin went on the Today show to make his case following a New York Times column in which he argued that “every news outlet that did the bidding of the Guardians of Peace is morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable.”

Sorkin is not the first celebrity to compare the Sony hack to the nude photo theft. Judd Apatow tweeted that “Releasing private Sony e mails to hurt people is the same as releasing nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence. Why are they ok to print?”

On Today, Sorkin praised the media’s response to the nude photo leak in order to condemn how it has handled the leaked data from the Sony hack. “I thought we all did a really good job of preemptively telling the press that if you publish these things, you’re being sleazy,” Sorkin said. “This is the exact same situation, only worse by magnitudes because in this case the hackers stole this material and are threatening the lives of children.”

Sorkin concluded his interview by saying: “The thing we should be taking seriously first and foremost is privacy and dignity and the fact that once again hackers who have threatened violence because the studio just wants to exercise the same First Amendment right that everybody else does, studio just wants to release a movie, have stolen this material and now the press is selling it out of the back of a truck.”

Watch his full interview here:

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