Controversial film flown into North Korea

Apr 08, 2015, 2:03 AM EDT
Posters of "The Interview," a Sony picture.
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A South Korean activist says he has flown thousands of copies of controversial Sony film The Interview over the North Korean border, reports the BBC.

Lee Min-bok said he had carried out the launches at night four times since January, most recently on Saturday.

The Seth Rogen comedy, about a fictional CIA plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, enraged Pyongyang.

Sony initially pulled the film after a hacking attack and threats to attack cinemas which were screening it. But it changed its mind and gave the film a limited cinema release after being accused of responding to an attack on free speech.

The FBI says North Korea was behind the hack and threats, though it denies this. Lee, a defector from the North, said he had tied the DVDs to balloons along with bundles of U.S. dollars and leaflets criticising Kim's regime.

He told AFP news agency: "I launched thousands of copies and about a million leaflets on Saturday, near the western part of the border." He said the launches were all done in remote areas and without publicity but that the police "would have no right to stop me".