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WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands Of Sony Documents, Emails In Searchable Database

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from the Sony Pictures hack into a searchable online archive in the latest setback for a company trying to get past the attack.

There are private emails about health questions, but also emails setting up a collective within the corporation to get around the $5,000 limit on corporate campaign donations, such as giving $50,000 to get New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo elected.

The donation was a thank you to Governor Cuomo for creating a great production incentive environment in New York and being strong piracy advocate who does more than just talk about problems.

Some reports suggest emails were about people's Viagra prescriptions, arranging elder care for family members, while others highlight executives calling top talent bad names and making racially offensive jokes. The documents include health insurance and other personal documents.

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The searchable database holds more than 173,132 previously hacked emails and 30,287 documents, about 2,200 email addresses, stolen from a crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange defends the move, suggesting the personal data flowing through the influential multinational corporation is newsworthy and belongs in the public domain.

The archive shows how an influential multinational corporation works, Assange said in a statement. He says the content in the emails and documents highlight geo-political conflict.

The documents outline the connections between Sony Pictures Entertainment and the U.S. Democratic Party, including the company's CEO attending dinner with President Barack Obama at Martha's Vineyard and Sony employees being part of fundraising dinners for the Democratic Party.

"We vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks' assertion that this material belongs in the public domain," Sony Pictures said in a statement, blasting WikiLeaks for creating the archive, saying the searchable database encourages hackers to disseminate stolen information.

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