The North Korean National Defense Commission, led by Kim Jong-un, says the Obama administration is behind the production of Sony Pictures’ “The Interview,” a film featuring the assassination of the North Korean president.
“The DPRK has clear evidence that the U.S. administration was deeply involved in the making of such dishonest reactionary movie,” a dispatch claims.
It is unlikely Obama was directly involved in the production of the movie, which Sony pulled after theaters were allegedly targeted.
A more likely collaborator is the CIA, known for working closely with Hollywood on propaganda projects.
“Black Hawk Dawn, Zero Dark Thirty and Argo, those are only a few major recent productions showing how today’s movie industry promotes US foreign policy,” writes Julie Lévesque. “But the motion picture has been used for propaganda since the beginning of the 20th century and Hollywood’s cooperation with the Department of Defense, the CIA and other government agencies is no modern trend.”
The CIA has engaged in psychological operations since its inception, a task it inherited from the pre-CIA Office of Policy Coordination, with oversight by the Department of State.
CIA involvement in media increased under Operation Mockingbird, created by Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner and coordinated by Philip Graham of The Washington Post.
“The American ‘press’ is the vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X in black propaganda,” writes Douglas Valentine. “When it comes to the CIA and the American press, one black hand washes the other.”
This connection between the agency and the establishment media was underscored recently when Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the largest newspapers in Germany, admitted he worked for the CIA.
Wisner also collaborated with Hollywood during the Cold War.
“Fortunately for the CIA, two factors predisposed the major Hollywood studios that dominated the industry to take a responsible position in the cultural Cold War. One was a strong tendency toward self-censorship, the result of many years' experience avoiding the commercially disastrous effects of giving offense to either domestic pressure groups like the American Legion or foreign audiences. The other was the fact that the men who ran the studios were intensely patriotic and anticommunist – they saw it as their duty to help their government defeat the Soviet threat,” writes Hugh Wilford in his book, The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America.
In 1996, the CIA admitted it has long had an Entertainment Liaison Office, which collaborates in a “strictly advisory capacity with film-makers,” according to The Guardian. It was headed up by Chase Brandon, a cousin of actor Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore's college roommate.
In addition to influencing fictional movies, the CIA has specialized in rewriting history.
“By suppressing historical fact, and by manufacturing historical fiction, the CIA, with its obsessive secrecy and its vast resources, has posed a particular threat to the right of Americans to be informed for the present and future by an objective knowledge of the past,” writes Victor Marchetti, who served as executive assistant to the deputy director of the agency.
Evidence of continuing efforts by the CIA to propagandize the American people surfaced in 2013 when the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 passed as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
At the time, Infowars.com noted:
Enactment of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act underscores the fact the CIA no longer pretends to honor its charter and refrains from flooding the media with government propaganda. “The evaporation of Smith-Mundt and other provisions to safeguard U.S. citizens against government propaganda campaigns is part of a larger trend within the diplomatic and military establishment,” ace reporter Michael Hastings wrote in May, 2012, more than a year before his assassination.
“The Interview” conforms with the dictates of the national security state and its ongoing provocations and geostrategic objectives.
The film, North Korea’s response to it, and the as of yet unsubstantiated claim by the U.S. that North Korea is behind the Sony attack will likely result in the country once again being placed on the U.S. government’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. It was removed in 2008 by the Bush administration during diplomatic negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program.
North Korea insists it has nothing to do with the Sony hack.