U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said President Obama should be responding to the North Korea cyber attacks on Sony Pictures instead of vacationing in Hawaii.
“Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t think that’s enough. North Korea attacked, then threatened violence.”
Coming up short of calling the cyber attack an act of terrorism, the Michigan Republican said it was a “nation state attack on the United States.”
In a year-end press conference on Friday, President Obama acknowledged that North Korea was behind the attack and vowed to respond.
Before boarding Air Force One to fly off to Hawaii, the president said: “We will respond proportionately and in a space, time and manner that we choose. We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship.”
But he announced no actions currently being taken, as Rogers noted.
“Well, unfortunately, he’s laid out a little bit of a playbook before we’ve done anything,” Rogers said. “That press conference should have been: ‘Here’s the actions we took on — excuse me — North Korea’s actions, and here’s what we’re going to continue to do.'”
Sony Pictures legal counsel David Boies, appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” agreed that the president should have acted sooner, and done so without a “blame the victim” stance.
“We cannot have state-sponsored attacks that are designed to censor what we do here in the country,” Boies said. “I would have liked to have seen it earlier. I would have liked to have seen it without the blame the victim aspect of it.”
He added that the cyber attack was not just a problem for Sony.
“I think we have to recognize that this is not a Sony security problem,” he said. “This is a national security problem, and the government has got to lead.”
Watch his remarks here via Washington Free Beacon:
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