Congress wanted Sony to come to Washington D.C. to answer questions. Yesterday several members of Congress demanded answers – in person – from someone at Sony. Today the company in the midst of a security nightmare politely told lawmakers "no thank you."
"Sony declined to testify because their internal investigation is still ongoing," an official in Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack’s office told Kotaku this morning.
Congresswoman Mack and Congressman G. K. Butterfield wrote a letter to Sony Computer Entertainment of America (addressed to Kazuo Hirai) on April 29, days after Sony detailed the security breach of the company’s PlayStation Network. Both are members of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. While Sony may have declined the "offer," Sony Computer Entertainment of America spokesman Patrick Seybold said that Sony is cooperating with the committee.
"Sony is cooperating with the request for answers to the Committee’s questions, and in fact will be providing our responses in advance of the deadline," he wrote in an email to Kotaku. "We informed the committee that we could not appear as early as this Wednesday because of our ongoing intensive investigation and management of this criminal cyberattack."
Sony had better hope that its cooperation is enough to keep members of congress happy.