January 8, 2013

Why Is Google's Chairman in North Korea?

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian


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As diplomatic encounters go, it has to be among the most intriguing: the head of a revolutionary technology company that has helped secure the open flow of information around the world steps inside one of the globe's most closed societies. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, arrived in North Korea on Monday at the start of a private visit that has already provoked a public wrist-slapping from the US state department. Officials said the timing of the trip was "unhelpful", coming less than a month after Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket in defiance of the international community.

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