Potemkin North Korea

Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently returned from a trip to North Korea with former Ambassador to the UN and Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson. Schmidt brought his daughter Sophie along, and she published a long narrative dispatch about her experience there, including photographs.

Everything foreigners see in North Korea is staged. And it’s staged to an astonishing degree. The Soviet Union used to pull similar stunts for visiting foreigners, but North Korea has taken them to the nth degree. As far as I can tell, no one is fooled, least of all Sophie Schmidt.

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