Der var dog ingen, der turde følge hans opfordring, og derfor anklager han nu offentligt branchen for manglende mod, der danner negativ præcedens for bekæmpelse af terrorisme. Han angriber samtidig store dele af pressen for ikke at passe deres arbejde med ordsproget: »De spillede violin, mens Rom brændte«.
Med det mener han, at der blev fokuseret på den lille historie – afsløringerne fra hacket – mens den store historie – at Nordkorea stod bag det – i det store og hele blev forbigået. Han fortæller også, at hele ideen med brevet var, at Sony ikke skulle lade sig afpresse og havde brug for branchens opbakning.
»Det er en fjollet komedie, men sandheden er, at den siger meget om os nu. Vi har et ansvar for at stå imod det her«, siger han i interviewet.
Læs brevet, George Clooney sendte ud til filmbranchen her:
»On November 24 of this year, Sony Pictures was notified that it was the victim of a cyber attack, the effects of which is the most chilling and devastating of any cyber attack in the history of our country.
Personal information including Social Security numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and the full texts of emails of tens of thousands of Sony employees was leaked online in an effort to scare and terrorize these workers. The hackers have made both demands and threats. The demand that Sony halt the release of its upcoming comedy The Interview, a satirical film about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Their threats vary from personal—you better behave wisely—to threatening physical harm—not only you but your family is in danger.
North Korea has not claimed credit for the attack but has praised the act, calling it a righteous deed and promising merciless measures if the film is released. Meanwhile the hackers insist in their statement that what they’ve done so far is only a small part of our further plan. This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands. We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together«.