The New York premiere of North Korea-themed comedy The Interview has been cancelled, after the hacker group responsible for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures threatened any exhibitors who chose to show the studio’s film, and invoked the 9/11 attacks to deter prospective audiences.


The CIA tortured al-Qaeda suspects because it wanted evidence that Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11 in order to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The agency was under intense pressure from the White House and senior figures in the Bush administration to extract confessions confirming co-operation between the Iraqi leader and al-Qaeda, although no significant evidence was ever found.