Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the targets of Sony executives. Photos / AP
Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the targets of Sony executives. Photos / AP

There is a lesson for us all in the continuing revelations from stolen Sony emails being splashed over worldwide media. It is a lesson that Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairwoman Amy Pascal could have benefited from before sending emails with racist comments about President Obama. Or an email calling Leonardo DiCaprio’s behaviour “absolutely despicable” when he decided to pull out of a planned Steve Jobs biopic.

The lesson is a very simple one. It is that when you are writing an email (or any other corporate document), imagine that it will inevitably one day end up on the internet for everyone to see…

The emails of Amy Pascal and other Sony Pictures’ executives reveal damaging internal discussions about business practices and commentary on a wide range of people – including Angelina Jolie – that the company relies on to do their business.

It is hard to imagine how those involved can retain their credibility as more of the emails become public.