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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

national lead

December 17th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

Panel: Hacker's 'cyber-terrorism' works

(CNN) - The cyber attack is crippling business at Sony Entertainment.

Aside from pulling the Dec. 25 film release amidst theater push-back, in the last two weeks, company stock has plunged more than 10 percent. Sony is also facing legal trouble. Two former employees filed a lawsuit saying the company failed to keep their personal information safe.

The deteriorating situation could have implications for the entire movie industry, not to mention national security.

Variety's senior editor Ted Johnson and former State Department official Jamie Metzl join "The Lead" to discuss the fallout.

national lead

December 17th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Theaters cancel "The Interview" after threats

(CNN) – Before Sony officially announced its decision to postpone the release of "The Interview," nearly all major movie chains were giving into fears of security threats.

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national lead

December 16th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Panel: 'Cyber terrorists' hacking Sony should concern everyone

(CNN) – How seriously should anyone take the terrorist threats from these hackers, and what of the cyber-terrorism they have already successfully pulled off against Sony?

CNN Military Analyst Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks and former State Department official Jamie Metzl discuss the geopolitics behind the Sony hacking.

national lead

December 16th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Suspect in family massacre found dead

(CNN) – The body of a Pennsylvania man suspected of killing his ex-wife and five former in-laws has been found, with apparent self-inflicted wounds, authorities said Tuesday.

Bradley William Stone, a former Marine reservist, had been on the run since Monday's slayings shook small communities north of Philadelphia.

His body was found in a wooded area about 1/2 mile from his home in Pennsburg, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. It was not immediately clear how long the remains had been there.

Although a final report from the coroner is pending, Stone appears to have died from self-inflicted cutting wounds, in the center of his body, Ferman said.

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national lead

December 16th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

Sony hackers threaten U.S. theaters

(CNN) - 'Guardians of Peace' already claimed responsibility for the Sony hacking. Now it's trying to intimidate moviegoers from seeing the movie that motivated the massive data dumps.

Seth Rogen's "The Interview," the comedy about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is due out on Christmas day, but will premier in New York this week.

The group posted a terrorizing message on Tuesday, invoking 9/11 as it threatened theaters.

"The world will be full of fear," the post reads. "Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time."

CNN's Pam Brown reports.

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