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

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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?

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December 19th, 2014
07:04 PM ET

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman: U.S. has 'no real policy' to handle cyberterrorism

(CNN) - President Obama scolded Sony Pictures today for scrapping plans to release "The Interview." And Sony hit back, telling CNN exclusively that they had no choice.

The movie itself may be a farce, but the 'bigger picture' here has very serious implications for U.S. national security.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein characterized the attack as "monumental," and acknowledged that U.S. lacks any "real policy" to respond to cybersecurity attacks.

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December 19th, 2014
07:01 PM ET

Sony CEO: We spoke to White House about hack

(CNN) - Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, denying that the studio had "caved" by scrapping next week's opening of "The Interview," fired back Friday after President Obama said the studio had "made a mistake."

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Lynton also reopened the door to a future release of the controversial comedy, saying the company is considering some sort of release on the Internet.

Sony followed up on Lynton's remarks with a statement that read, in part, "It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so."

The company declined to comment on whether any distributors have agreed to help the company with that.

In his CNN interview, Lynton said "the president, the press and the public are mistaken" about what actually led to Sony's decision to shelve the "The Interview."

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December 19th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Former CIA expert: North Korea has an 'extensive cyber warrior capability'

(CNN) - We now know how the U.S. traced the Sony cyber attack to North Korea, but how did hackers pull it off?

Bruce Klingner, a former CIA depuity division chief, who monitored North and South Korea, joined "The Lead" to discuss North Korea's "extensive cyber warrior capability."

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December 19th, 2014
05:33 PM ET

How did North Korea pull off the Sony hacking?

(CNN) – Exactly how does the U.S. know North Korea is behind the Sony hacking?

For nearly a month now, the FBI has been back-tracking data released online, working to identify who put it there. Sources tell CNN that hackers stole the credentials of a Sony administrator, then went to town, lurking around the system for months and stealing information. And at times, the FBI even thought other countries like Iran and China might have been involved.

So what led U.S. intelligence to this point?

CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto reports for "The Lead."

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December 18th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Congressman: Pulling "The Interview," "Team America" gives cyberterrorists a 'victory'

(CNN) – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul says pulling movies, like "The Interview" and "Team America," from theaters gives the North Korean hackers a "victory."

"Sony and private movie theaters are free to make any choices that they think are necessary," Rep. McCaul told CNN's Jake Tapper. "However, I do think by pulling the movies they gave the North Koreans - and let's be honest where this threat came from - what they effectively did was give them a victory and gave them what they wanted to achieve, which was the pulling down of this movie. I hope at some point this movie will be shown and the intrigue over it will make it more of a money maker. But I think pulling it gave them exactly what they wanted."

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