David Boies: Obama Response to North Korea Cyber Attack Was Too Late and 'Blamed The Victim'

December 21, 2014

Sony Pictures legal counsel David Boies said President Obama’s response to North Korea’s cyber attack should have been carried out earlier and without the "blame the victim" aspect.

On Friday, Obama said he thought Sony "made a mistake" in deciding to pull The Interview from theaters due to threats of a terrorist attack from a hacker collective known as the Guardians of Peace.

Boies, who was the lead attorney representing former Vice President Al Gore in Bush v. Gore in 2000, did not appreciate Obama throwing Sony under the bus.

"We cannot have state-sponsored attacks that are designed to censor what we do here in the country," Boies told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Sunday. "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."

Boies also said that the Government needs to take the lead on the issue of cyber security, noting that the hacking attack was not merely a problem for Sony Pictures.

"I think we have to recognize that this is not a Sony security problem. This is a national security problem, and the government has got to lead," Boies said.

"This is a national security threat. I think the president is beginning to recognize that."