Obama advisor Eric Schmidt said to visit North Korea as early as this month

“Google Inc’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, will travel this year to reclusive North Korea, where Internet use is subject to some of the world’s tightest controls, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Schmidt, one of the highest-profile leaders of the U.S. technology industry, could visit as early as this month, the AP said. The announcement was made days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the third member of his family to rule the country since its inception in the Cold War, signalled a willingness to improve relations with South Korea,” Reuters reports. “The AP cited two people familiar with his plans as saying the ex-Google CEO will join a private group led by former United Nations Ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, a frequent visitor to North Korea.”

“It was unclear whom Schmidt will meet or what his agenda might be, the AP reported. Internet access is largely restricted to all but the most influential officials of the reclusive state. Media content is also rigidly controlled,” Reuters reports. “Google did not directly respond to a question about whether Schmidt was going to North Korea, although a spokeswoman’s response suggested a visit would not be for company business.”

MacDailyNews Take: Who better to get info out of the DPRK black hole than Eric T. Mole?

Reuters reports, “Schmidt, Google’s main political and government relations representative, has also been a prominent supporter of President Barack Obama.”

MacDailyNews Note: Eric Schmidt serves as an advisor on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). PCAST is an advisory group of scientists and engineers who directly advise the president and the executive office of the president. The current PCAST group was originally established through Executive Order 13226 and restablished by President Barack Obama.

Schmidt is writing, with former U.S. state department official Jared Cohen, a book due in April called ‘The New Digital Age.’ It will address how the Internet and technology can empower people and drive fundamental social, political and economic change. ‘Perhaps the most intriguing part of this trip is simply the idea of it. The restricted control of information lies at the heart of the DPRK state and yet it is about to host one of the West’s greatest facilitators of borderless information flows,’ said Victor Cha, a senior adviser and Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North’s official name.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Send in the Mole! He got info out of Steve Jobs’ Apple fortress; the DPRK information bubble doesn’t stand a chance.

25 Comments

  1. SLIME! Pure Slime. This guy must be one hell of a politician to squirm his way into Apple and the US Gov. If I ever met him, I’d have to take a chemical burn shower over and over just to wash away the filth.

  2. What better way for both North Korean and it’s leader Kim Jong-un to spy on and manipulate it’s people. Android is open and easy to hack into. An Apple iOS devices would just slow them down.

    Google and North Korean are made for each other. Go Eric go!

  3. North Korea is the most fascinating corner of the planet. There is no place in the world as extreme; not Cuba, not Venezuela, none of the former Soviet -stans (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kahakhstan, Uzbekistan…). There are totalitarian dictatorships around the world, but none are anywhere near the totalitarian mind control of the DPRK. In terms of standard of living, the country is presently at the level of where developed world was in 1940s. Average household has electricity, with a refrigerator, radio, TV set (tube, not LCD), but no dishwasher, no washing machine, no car, no computer, no cellphone… Many don’t even have landline phones. Not a single shred of information comes from anywhere outside. Everything people know has come from the government-controlled sources. Large percentage of population is on the brink of starvation. Yet, vast majority genuinely believes that their standard of living is significantly better than the rest of the world, and certainly better than the “capitalist” world, where the workers are shamelessly exploited by the rich fat owners… Small percentage of population is wealthy enough to be able to save up (for years) to buy a VCR, which allows them to watch smuggled bootleg tapes of South Korean soap opera shows (possession of which is illegal and punishable by jail sentence!), but many still believe those are make believe stories and real life is actually extremely harsh.

    There is absolutely NOTHING that Apple can offer to the country at this point. However, they just may be ripe for Google to swoop in. If there is any way that Google can make technology available and accessible to the locally affluent (in very relative terms, mind you), it just might bring the land into the new century. Who knows, ten years from now, Apple might be even opening their first store in Pyongyang…!

    1. What Google has to gain in the DPRK is cheap, clandestine slave labor for its (and maybe Samsung’s) manufacturing. It’s already speculated that some of Samsung’s manufactured parts secretly come from the DPRK. Since Samsung basically controls South Korea’s government, if they can get cooperation from the DPRK who’s to know what crosses the border in the dark of night? Would Google get involved in something like this? With connections in the US government, and connections in the South Korean government, what’s to stop them? Ethics? Really?

    2. …none of the former Soviet -stans (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kahakhstan, Uzbekistan…)

      You forgot Kakastan, Virustan, Dellistan, RIMistan, Microstan, etc…

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