President Barack Obama said on Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment made a crucial mistake in self-censoring when it canceled the Christmas Day release of ‘The Interview,’ a satirical film that depicted the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

The decision followed a crippling cyber attack on Sony’s servers that was launched by the North Korean regime. But critics have branded the film company as cowards for tucking tail and running when it was threatened.

‘Sony’s a corporation. It has suffered significant damage,’ Obama told reporters in an end-of year press conference. ‘There were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced.’

But then he lowered the boom.

‘Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.’

‘I wish they had spoken to me first,’ he said.

‘I would have told then, “Do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks”.’