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December 18th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Did Sony consult State Dept. on "The Interview"?

(CNN) - State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki is shrugging off any notion that the U.S. is setting a bad precedent now that Sony has caved to hackers.

"I can assure you the United States is not blinking or backing down or in a fear position here. We're well aware of the cyber threats not just from North Korea, but other countries out there," Psaki told CNN's Jake Tapper. "The fact is businesses, including movies, companies make business decisions and that's up to them to make. Private sector companies make their own decisions. That's the beauty of the private sector in the united states. We're going to continue to speak out. We believe in freedom of speech, expression that actors and actresses should be able to continue to do that."

Psaki also stopped short of calling the hackers' "cyberterrorists," despite their threats, which invoked 9-11 and led to Sony pulling the release of "The Interview" altogether, and the havoc they created on a major American company's hardware and operations.

"I don't think there's a benefit to putting new labels on it. It's a cyberhack. We're discussing a range of options. The fact is, there are private sector companies that have been hacked by a range of sources. The government was recently hacked and this is something that we take very seriously and we're having ongoing discussions about how to address," Psaki insisted.

For more of our interview, watch the video above.

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