Brad Pitt Criticizes Media for Publishing Leaked Sony Emails

Brad Pitt has spoken out against the media reporting upon the leaked Sony emails, saying that he doesn’t see the difference between outlets publishing these private emails from “News Corp hacking phone calls and hacking emails.”

Pitt, whose wife Angelina Jolie was mentioned in one of the emails obtained by hacking group Guardians of Peace, said on the red carpet at the premiere of Jolie’s film Unbroken: “I don’t see a difference in News Corp hacking phone calls and hacking e-mails. I don’t think we should be able to participate. I think someone’s conversation, whether in e-mail or in person, should be private. We shouldn’t be participating and these sites that are disseminating them should stop. They won’t. And we should stop reading them. We won’t. It’s more of an indictment on us, I think.”

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His views echo those of Seth Rogen, whose film The Interviewer, which pokes fun at the North Korean political regime, was said to be the reasoning behind the attacks, and the views screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who had his own emails leaked by the hacker. Rogen said: “…everyone is doing exactly what these criminals want… It’s stolen information that media outlets are directly profiting from.” Sorkin’s position on the matter, published by the New York Times, reflected those of the actors’.

Sorkin wrote: “I understand that news outlets routinely use stolen information. That’s how we got the Pentagon Papers, to use an oft-used argument. But there is nothing in these documents remotely rising to the level of public interest of the information found in the Pentagon Papers.”

He continued: “Let’s just say that every news outlet that did the bidding of the Guardians of Peace is morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable.” 

Editor’s Note: As the Tech & Gadgets editor of CraveOnline, I was admittedly a part of the problem in this instance, publishing stories emanating from the hack with the belief that our readers would find it interesting. We have covered many stories of this ilk before, but none which have actively infringed upon the privacy of those involved, which in this instance was certainly the case. I apologize, and we will not be covering these stories in the future.

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