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North Korea casts Edward Snowden in new propaganda video

Snowden is just the latest American icon North Korea has co-opted for its videos.


Miles Klee


Posted on Jul 9, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 11:47 am CDT

If you thought Pyongyang was incapable of turning Edward Snowden’s story against South Korea somehow, think again: China-based website Uriminzokkiri, a propaganda outlet in fact controlled by North Korea, is using Snowden’s case to condemn South Korea’s relationship with the United States.

In a bewildering three-and-a-half-minute video that badly superimposes military, technological, and journalistic images—including Snowden’s picture in the Guardian and some green flashing code indebted to The Matrix—Uriminzokkiri uses the PRISM scandal to undermine the idea of South Korean sovereignty in a U.S.-dominated world.

The title of the video references “poor subservient shameful conduct.”

The full translation by Susan Ahn in Seoul, via NK News, is as follows:

Recent news on America’s illegal spying activity has angered countries around the world.

The United State’s NSA extended its spying activity to 38 embassies including its allies, Japan and South Korea, European offices in the UN, and EU offices in Brussels by collecting information through hacking into computers, the Guardian and Germany’s weekly newspaper Der Spiegel exposed.

Outrage grew across the European Union, and there has been a backlash from other countries against America. However, it is only the South Korean puppet government who has refused an explication, saying America’s illegal spying activity is just a ‘revealing article’ where the context itself is ambiguous.

The funny thing is that South Korea is taking sides with its master by rationalizing the idea that any country’s intelligence agencies can collect clandestine information for its own national security. Regardless of whether or not the story can be confirmed, South Korea has to consider the United State’s situation, they say.

How humiliating and servile!

Only a puppet government would welcome American activities with open arms and applaud, even when they commit murder, wage war, or plunder wiretap.

Last year, Wikileaks disclosed the fact that South Korea is swarming with pro-Americans, and providing information to the American government ranging from the National Assembly, government and military, to business sectors and the church.

The U.S. embassy [in Seoul], therefore is able to know what agenda or document sits on the desk of the [South Korean] presidential office by the very next day.

Whether South Korea is being spied on or not, there are no secrets for the puppet government. South Korea finds itself in the midst [of a scandal], disclosing [a former] president’s classified documents—an unparalleled event in diplomatic history—there are no secrets and no need to argue with the master.

However, South Koreans frequently rage over our ‘cutting edge security threat’ whenever it gets the chance.  A country like this only exists in somewhere like South Korea, where the country doesn’t know how to be angry or lose its temper in front of its master, America.

It instead can only show its unmanly smile, while raging against the same people by foaming at the mouth; they are indeed evil forces.

A war[-waging] hypocrite with no military sovereignty! America’s fifty-first state that can’t move a step without the permission of America! A puppet government who is matchless under the sun!

A professor in South Korea said “living as a Korean in the world is both humiliating and pathetic.”

“I don’t know how this happened, we have been ruined in front of America so much that we look like a taxidermied animals. South Korea is a scarecrow with nothing but its skin left. When looking at South Korea, a country that clings to and lives off America but still makes noise about economic growth, it reminds me of a quote from a poem:

“It is better to die than live like a dog or a pig.”

[Note: The narrator uses the North Korean word for South Korea, ‘Namchoson’ (???) throughout, including when ‘quoting’ the ‘South Korean professor’.]

North Korea, it must be said, knows a thing or two about puppet governments, to say nothing of the wholly dysfunctional variety. That North Koreans expect South Korea to be outraged about how the NSA spies on American citizens and governments across the world is too naïve by half, considering the authoritarian control they themselves exercise over all information within their own borders. The only thing different about North Korea’s spying is that it was never a secret.

Still, however dead set against South Korean autonomy—even when lambasting that country for the perceived lack of same—North Korea appears to be on Edward Snowden’s side, insofar as he’s revealed a great American hypocrisy. If Snowden is getting desperate about where to seek asylum, he could probably do worse than an aggressive rogue state. We hear the Ryugyong Hotel has plenty of rooms available.

Photo via Uriminzokkiri/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 9, 2013, 4:08 pm CDT