Obama On Sony Hack: Don’t Be Afraid To Go To The Movies

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Americans shouldn’t fear going to the movies over the holidays amid hackers’ threats of violence against theaters screening Sony Picture’s “The Interview.”

ABC News’ David Muir asked the President whether the threat of terror attacks against theaters showing the film, which ends with a graphic depiction of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s death, was legitimate. The interview was taped before Sony announced it would scuttle the Christmas release of “The Interview” altogether.

“Well, the cyberattack is very serious,” Obama said, but he added that he’s seen no “credible evidence” of any threat to theaters.

“You know, we’ll be vigilant. If we see something that we think is serious and credible, then we’ll alert the public,” he said. “But for now, my recommendation would be that people go to the movies.”

U.S. officials have now linked the North Korean regime to the hack at Sony Pictures, according to multiple reports.

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