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Obama: Sony 'Made a Mistake' Pulling the Plug on 'The Interview

"Yes, I think they made a mistake."

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media during his last news conference of the year in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

President Barack Obama chastised Sony for its decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" in response to a hacking attack that apparently came from the North Korean communist regime.

“Yes, I think they made a mistake," Obama told reporters Friday in his end-of-the-year press conference, responding to a question on whether or not he thought Sony was right to pull the film after hackers threatened 9/11-level attacks if it was released.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media during his last news conference of the year in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters his last news conference of the year, Dec. 19, 2014.

Obama said he wished Sony executives had spoken to him before they decided to shelve the film, which lampoons North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un and culminates in his assassination.

"We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start to impose censorship here in the United States," Obama said.

Obama strongly suggested the U.S. would eventually retaliate for the hacking.

"I think all of us have to anticipate there are going to be breaches like this," he said. "They are going to be costly and serious ... but we can't start changing out patterns of behavior."

"They caused a lot of damage and we will respond," he continued. "We will respond proportionately in a time and a place and manner we choose."

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