December 21st, 2014
04:36 PM ET

Mark Cuban: Major hack will happen again

CNN's Brian Stelter spoke to Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, about being one of the victims of the Sony hack and what the situation means for the future of communications.  The full interview aired on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, December 21 at 11am ET.

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A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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December 21st, 2014
04:03 PM ET

Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton "We did not cave"

Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment spoke exclusively with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. In the interview, Lynton addressed President Obama’s criticism today and talked more about the recent cyber-attack on Sony which is now determined to have been launched by North Korea.

The full interview aired on CNN at 10:00amET on Sunday, Dec. 21 on Fareed Zakaria GPS.

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A full transcript is available after the jump.

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December 21st, 2014
03:48 PM ET

Sen. John McCain responds to President Obama on N. Korea, Russia & Cuba with CNN's Candy Crowley

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) joined CNN’s Candy Crowley to respond to her interview with President Obama, specifically on the topics of North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, Cuba, Guantanamo Bay, and Vladimir Putin.

 The interview aired Sunday, December 21st, on CNN at 9AM and 12PM EST

 Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below

 MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley”

 TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

McCain on President Obama calling cyber-attack “cyber vandalism”: I think, again, the president is - does not understand that this is a new - this is a manifestation of a new form of warfare. When you destroy economies, when you are able to impose censorship on the world and especially the United States of America it's more than vandalism. It's a new form of warfare that we're involved in and we need to react and react vigorously, including reimposing sanctions that were lifted under the Bush administration, including other actions and that will squeeze them more economically and - but most of all, we have to really work together with the president and the Congress to come up with counters and abilities to respond, but more importantly to prevent.”

McCain on President Obama’s comments regarding Vladimir Putin: “I think that it's bizarre to think that any action on the part of the President of the United States has proved any deterrence to Vladimir Putin. We won't even give defensive weapons to the Ukrainians. We - President Obama - and we should be thanking the Saudis, who have allowed the value of a barrel of oil to go to the point where it's affecting dramatically Vladimir Putin's economy. It has nothing to do with any action taken by the President of the United States.”

 McCain on normalizing relations with Cuba: Well, because we would be rewarding the failure that they haven't done anything. If they had shown some progress, I think maybe that it would be what we are doing is endorsing their 50 years of oppression and repression in Cuba.”

 McCain on Guantanamo Bay: I always wanted to close Guantanamo, but I wanted to transfer those prisoners to maximum security prisons, prisons in the United States of America that the president has never had a plan for that. And he didn't mention to you that some 27 percent or 30 percent of these people we have released have reentered the fight. It's outrageous to release people that are going to reenter the fight and try to kill Americans and attack America. And that's the problem with his idea of doing, quote, "everything" he can.”

 

Full Transcript available after the jump.

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December 21st, 2014
03:16 PM ET

Candy Crowley: 27 Amazing Years at CNN

Candy Crowley signs off one last time after 27 years with CNN.

December 21st, 2014
12:12 PM ET

CNN's Candy Crowley interviews President Barack Obama

For his last interview of the year, President Obama sat down, exclusively, with CNN’s Candy Crowley to discuss North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, normalizing relations with Cuba, Russia, Iran, race relations in America and Guantanamo Bay.

The interview aired Sunday, December 21st, on CNN at 9AM and 12PM EST

Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below

 MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley”

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President Obama on Sony Pictures decision to pull ‘The Interview’:Well, look, I was pretty sympathetic to the fact that they've got business considerations they've got to make. And, you know, had they talked to me directly about this decision, I might have called the movie theater chains and distributors and asked them what that story was.

 But what I was laying out was a principle that I think this country has to abide by. We believe in free speech. We believe in the right of artistic expression and things that powers that be might not like.

 And if we set a precedent in which a dictator in another country can disrupt, through cyber, you know, a company's distribution chain or its products and, as a consequence, we start censoring ourselves, that's a problem.”

 President Obama on if the cyber-attack was an act of war by North Korea: No, I don't think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said.”

President Obama on normalizing relations with Cuba: “So Cuba offers us an example of an opportunity to try something different. For 50 years, we've tried to see if we can overthrow the regime through isolation. It hasn't worked. If we engage, we have the opportunity to influence the course of events at a time when there's going to be some generational change in that country. And I think we should seize it and I intend to do so.”

 President Obama on why the president feels it is important to continue trying to close Gitmo: I'm going to be doing everything I can to close it. It is a - it is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held. It is contrary to our values and it is wildly expensive. We're spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.”

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December 19th, 2014
10:16 PM ET
December 19th, 2014
10:07 PM ET

.@CNN EXCLUSIVE: @SonyPictures CEO Lynton to @FareedZakaria "We did not cave"

Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment spoke exclusively with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. In the interview, which aired tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°, Lynton addressed President Obama’s criticism today and talked more about the recent cyber-attack on Sony which is now determined to have been launched by North Korea.

The full interview will encore on CNN at 10:00amET on Sunday, Dec. 21 on Fareed Zakaria GPS.


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December 19th, 2014
07:00 PM ET

Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment with CNN's Fareed Zakaria

The following are excerpts from an interview between Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that will air inside ANDERSON COOPER 360°.   The excerpts below relate to the recent cyberattacks upon Sony Pictures, now determined to have been launched by North Korea, and took place following the press conference with President Obama that took place earlier today.   The full interview will air tonight on CNN at 8:00pmET.

 

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Michael Lynton on reaction to President Obama’s recent statements about Sony Pictures decision to pull The Interview

FAREED ZAKARIA: The President says Sony made a mistake in pulling the film. Did you make a mistake?

MICHAEL LYNTON: No. I–I think actually the unfortunate part is. in this instance. the President, the Press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters. So, to sort of rehearse for a moment the sequence of events, we experienced the worst cyber-attack in American history and persevered for three and a half weeks under enormous stress and enormous difficulty. Umm and all with the effort of trying to keep our business up and running and get this movie out into the public. When it came to the crucial moment– when a threat came out from what was called the GOP at the time– threatening audiences who would go to the movie theaters, the movie theaters came to us one by one over the course of a very short period of time– We were completely surprised by it and announced that they would not carry the movie. At that point in time, we had no alternative but to not proceed with the theatrical release on the 25th of December.

ZAKARIA: So you don’t…

LYNTON: That’s all we did

ZAKARIA: So you have not caved in your view?

LYNTON:  We have not caved. We have not given in. We have preserved. And we have NOT backed down. We have–We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie”

 

LYNTON on options open to Sony for releasing The Interview

FAREED ZAKARIA:  Why not release it online in some form or the other – video on demand?

MICHAEL LYNTON: There are a number of options open to us and we have considered those and are considering them. As it stands right now – while there have been a number of suggestions that we go out there and deliver this movie digitally or through VOD, there has not been one major VOD – video on demand distributor – one major e-commerce site that has stepped forward and said they are willing to distribute this movie for us. Again, we don’t have that direct interface with the American public so we need to go through an intermediary to do that.

 

LYNTON on his prior support of President Obama – and whether that has now changed.

FAREED ZAKARIA: You are well known as somebody who supported President Obama.

LYNTON: YES

ZAKARIA: Were you disappointed in what you heard today?

LYNTON: umm I would be fibbing to say I wasn’t disappointed. Ummm.. I I—You know, the President and I haven’t spoken. I don’t know exactly whether he understands the sequence of events that led up to the movies not being shown in the movie theaters. Umm… and umm therefore I would disagree with the notion that it was a mistake. It’s a generally held view by the public and the press that that’s what happened and maybe that’s how that view was –was held by uh him. But, knowing as I do the-the facts and how they’ve—how they’ve unfolded…um …You know we st-stood extremely firm in terms of making certain that this movie would appear in movie theaters.”

LYNTON on whether Sony Pictures made a mistake by producing The Interview.

FAREED ZAKARIA:  Would you make the movie again?

MICHAEL LYNTON: Ya, I would make the movie again. I think, you know, for the same reasons we made – made it in the first place. It was a funny comedy. It was a  – it,  it served as political satire, I think – I think we would have made the movie again. I, I, knowing what I know now, we might have – done something slightly differently but I think a lot of events have overtaken us in a way we had no control over the – over the facts.

FAREED ZAKARIA:  And you’re saying you still want the public to see this movie?

MICHAEL LYNTON: We would still like the public to see this movie. Absolutely.

December 17th, 2014
07:30 PM ET

U.S. Investigators: North Korea behind Sony attack

United States law enforcement sources have told CNN’s justice reporter Evan Perez that U.S. investigators have determined that North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. An official announcement could come as early as Thursday. This report first aired on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 5-7 p.m. ET.

Anderson Cooper & Robin Meade Profile 2014’s Extraordinary People
December 15th, 2014
11:27 AM ET

Anderson Cooper & Robin Meade Profile 2014’s Extraordinary People

CNN Special Report Airs Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 9pmET/PT

As the year comes to a close, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and HLN’s Robin Meade will take a look back at the inspiring stories of five notable people – some famous, some not – who did extraordinary things in 2014. From the Canadian Sergeant-at-Arms who stopped a gunman to an Ebola nurse to an NBA MVP, the CNN Special Report Extraordinary People will touch on 2014’s most talked about events and the remarkable people behind them.

The hour-long special will also feature CNN Anchor Don Lemon and CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen who sit-down with two of the five extraordinary people profiled, including: FULL POST

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