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By NewsGram Staff Writer

WikiLeaks placed thousands of emails and documents from last year’s devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) into a searchable online archive.

The database contains more than 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures and a subsidiary, plus more than 30,000 other documents. The archives also throw light on how North Korea hacks Sony and steals lots of innocent people’s communications, and how WikiLeaks is determined to go ahead and make them searchable.

However, after the crippling cyber attack against SPE, the White House asserted in November 2014 that North Korea’s intelligence services had obtained and distributed a version of the archive in revenge for SPE’s pending release of The Interview, a movie centered on the assassination of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

The whistleblower organization stated in its press release published on April 16th, 2015, that the Sony archives offer a rare insight into the inner workings of a large, secretive multinational corporation in fully searchable format on WikiLeaks. The Archives illustrate that Sony is an influential corporation, which has ties with the White House, and also has ability to impact laws and policies. The archives also show that Sony has connections to the US military-industrial complex.

The published emails give details on Sony being a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the emails also assert that Sony is a strong lobbyist on issues around internet policy, piracy, trade agreements and copyright issues. The emails also explain the back and forth on lobbying and political efforts, not just with the MPAA but with politicians directly.

“This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there,” said Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

On the other hand, Sony strongly condemned WikiLeaks’ release of the searchable archive. “The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly condemn the indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information on WikiLeaks,” the company said in a statement. It also stated that they “vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks’ assertion that this material belongs in the public domain and will continue to fight for the safety, security and privacy of our company.”

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Korea To Survey Railways That Were Cut During The Korean War

The projects are among many agreements reached between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

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A South Korean train transporting South Korean officials runs on rails that lead to North Korea inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. VOA

A South Korean train entered to North Korea on Friday as the two countries began inspecting northern railways tracks they hope to relink with the south.

About 30 officials from each side will participate in an 18-day joint survey of railways tracks cut since the Korean War.

“We will maintain close consultation with related nations so that the project to connect the South and North’s railways could proceed with international support,” South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said during a ceremony at Dorasan Station near the border.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae. VOA

The Koreas, however, cannot proceed much further with the project without the removal of U.S.-led sanctions against the North.The U.S. has said the sanctions will remain until North Korea takes convincing measures toward full denuclearization.

The UN Security Council granted exemptions to sanctions last week, allowing the implementation of the cross-border infrastructure project.

Also on Friday, the North and South militaries completed removing 20 front-line guard posts and land mines from a border area where they plan to start their first-ever joint search for remains of soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, according to an official from Seoul’s Defense Ministry who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Also Read: North Korea Open To Nuclear Site Inspection: Report

The projects are among many agreements reached between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their three meetings this year, as part of a diplomatic initiative that eased tensions over the North’s nuclear program. (VOA)