Dear Mr. President,
I am listening to your present speech. You stated that Sony as a private company can decide what is best for it, but you wish that they had contacted you first. You also stated you would have advised them not to bow to such blackmail and think of the future impacts of such blackmail, and that you would be in favor of releasing the movie so as to thwart the goal of the hackers to censor freedom of expression in the USA.
I have a suggestion. Since this is an act of war (cyber style) on a US Company, and since the USA has many powers in such circumstances, including the taking of private property: Declare that this is a national security issue. Under Eminent Domain, take the movie (and compensate Sony for the reasonably expected revenues from showing it), and then place it in the public domain.
In this way the effort to intimidate and sensor a US company is thwarted, yet Sony need not take the fall for it. It also shifts any attempted ‘reprisals’ from Sony to the U.S. Government and our military; who, when faced with acts of war, are empowered to counter attack…
All in all, I think that would be a win for the USA, a win for US Freedoms, a win for you as a champion of those freedoms, and a win for Sony who gets let off the hook. The people of the world get to see the film (even if on youtube, where the revenues from ads ought to repay the cost to seize it). The only losers are the N. Koreans and their hackers.
Think about it…