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Illеgally Entering North Korea (2018 Documentary)
1 00:00:00,0 --> 00:00:06,270 For several months the world has been consumed with one burning question why has it vexed uploaded for over three months 2 00:00:06,270 --> 00:00:12,420 Well the truth is really quite obvious that the North Korean government is trying to kill me ever since traveling to North Korea 3 00:00:12,420 --> 00:00:15,299 It's been obvious. I've been under watch for the past few months 4 00:00:16,520 --> 00:00:20,889 I've been hiding in the one place the North Korean spies won't be able to find me 5 00:00:20,189 --> 00:00:25,689 The Icelandic wilderness you see the Icelandic Tundra is the perfect location to hide 6 00:00:25,90 --> 00:00:30,519 Iceland is located in the corner of the world just a few miles south of the Arctic Circle 7 00:00:30,619 --> 00:00:34,808 Any further north in solo human habitation will be dang near impossible 8 00:00:34,820 --> 00:00:37,169 They can only get me a few months the year when the place is America 9 00:00:37,329 --> 00:00:39,520 No you might 10 00:00:39,520 --> 00:00:41,709 Just think I'm a youtuber gone insane and paranoid 11 00:00:41,710 --> 00:00:44,460 But I'm not after all the North Korean government is shown they don't play by the rules 12 00:00:45,710 --> 00:00:51,390 They will go to any lengths to eliminate anyone opposing their regime take for instance Kim jong-nam true hair to the Korean throne 13 00:00:52,90 --> 00:00:58,659 assassinated in broad daylight in an international airport by North Korean spies BAM gone in 15 14 00:00:58,940 --> 00:01:02,949 Seconds if I'm not safe in a secured place with hundreds of witnesses 15 00:01:02,230 --> 00:01:09,580 Then the obvious place to hide is the wilderness I've thought of every detail and this place is perfect you see the regime's 16 00:01:09,950 --> 00:01:16,439 assassination weapon of choice is the banned chemical known as VX nerve agents one breath of that and it's all over the chemical weapon has 17 00:01:16,439 --> 00:01:24,29 One weakness though a melting point of 3.9 degrees Celsius if it doesn't melt and turn into vapor it's essentially rendered useless 18 00:01:25,820 --> 00:01:32,369 Landok volcanic activity has resulted in overabundance of hot springs my only refuge during the bitter cold freezing winter months 19 00:01:33,710 --> 00:01:39,519 Access to plethora of crystal-clear fast flowing water helps sustain my neva bleed doomed life 20 00:01:39,9 --> 00:01:45,209 Additionally boiled volcanic water is able to kill off remaining bacteria and parasites all this manages to keep me alive 21 00:01:46,549 --> 00:01:52,898 The natural beauty of the heath keeps me calm and gives me sanity during my otherwise torturous and meaningless solitary existence 22 00:01:52,329 --> 00:01:57,449 Every once in a while my memories of North Korea resurface triggering my post-traumatic stress disorder 23 00:01:58,980 --> 00:02:03,230 Sending me into a violent unstoppable rampage, but at least hundreds of miles from civilization people are safe from me 24 00:02:03,230 --> 00:02:09,540 And I'm only a danger to myself survival isn't easy. There's hardly any food out here, and no way to cook it 25 00:02:11,430 --> 00:02:13,819 a 26 00:02:13,819 --> 00:02:18,328 Lot of people have done some pretty stupid things their lives, and I can say by far one of the most idiotic things 27 00:02:18,329 --> 00:02:21,579 I've ever done was illegally entering, North Korea 28 00:02:21,579 --> 00:02:25,989 I haven't talked about this before because it really doesn't feel real when I say I went to North Korea 29 00:02:25,30 --> 00:02:32,619 It just doesn't seem like it actually happened and not only that I was almost caught illegally entering North Korea and sent to a prison 30 00:02:32,620 --> 00:02:34,870 Camp in I suppose now 31 00:02:34,870 --> 00:02:41,769 I see two versions of myself one version is standing safe and sound right here in front of the camera talking like almost nothing is 32 00:02:41,769 --> 00:02:47,309 Wrong and there's another version of me still in North Korea in a prison camp somewhere probably doing a lifetime of hard labor 33 00:02:47,310 --> 00:02:53,589 And it's just hard to see that my life could have split into these two paths and I'm here right now on the other path 34 00:02:53,590 --> 00:02:57,119 Doesn't seem like it was ever a possibility, but it really was you see just a few months ago 35 00:02:57,120 --> 00:03:00,639 I had this plan this plan was to go to North Korea 36 00:03:00,10 --> 00:03:06,519 Take as much video and photos as I can document it and upload it for the world to see however 37 00:03:06,519 --> 00:03:11,429 I'm a youtuber and without approval from the North Korean government what I would be doing would be illegal because technically this would be considered 38 00:03:12,560 --> 00:03:16,959 Journalism and entering North Korea on a tourist visa to do journalism is food 39 00:03:16,959 --> 00:03:20,649 That's a really bad idea so I was just a naive 20 year old with a YouTube channel 40 00:03:20,650 --> 00:03:21,239 And I still AM I lied about the fact 41 00:03:21,239 --> 00:03:24,59 I was a youtuber and why I was really planning to go to North Korea 42 00:03:24,60 --> 00:03:26,489 I wasn't really going to North Korea to see North Korea 43 00:03:26,489 --> 00:03:31,378 I was doing it so I could produce some sort of video for you guys you see I was really almost caught while I was 44 00:03:31,379 --> 00:03:34,198 There I aroused a lot of suspicion. I was born multiple times 45 00:03:34,449 --> 00:03:36,449 It was not a good situation 46 00:03:36,459 --> 00:03:40,438 That I was in but in the process of doing so I got some good video of North Korea 47 00:03:40,439 --> 00:03:44,619 Which is I think somewhat important? Maybe you've heard of otto warmbier 48 00:03:44,620 --> 00:03:46,519 If you haven't he was a 21 year old 49 00:03:46,519 --> 00:03:52,168 University student from Ohio and he went to North Korea and with the intention to do something illegal just like I was and he stole 50 00:03:52,169 --> 00:03:58,139 A poster and he was arrested the airport and shortly after that he was killed by the regime you see me and Otto kind of 51 00:03:58,139 --> 00:04:00,99 Have a similar story we were both 52 00:04:00,99 --> 00:04:06,668 University students both American we were both traveling to North Korea for the exact same tour the New Year's Eve tour 53 00:04:06,669 --> 00:04:10,228 He was 21 I was 20 we both stayed in the yanggakdo hotel except 54 00:04:10,229 --> 00:04:16,689 We were exactly one year apart from each other we both had the intention of doing something illegal when we came my case it was 55 00:04:16,689 --> 00:04:17,989 to record 56 00:04:17,989 --> 00:04:21,848 unauthorized video in his case it was the steal a poster he went during the 57 00:04:21,370 --> 00:04:23,370 2015 tour I went during the 58 00:04:24,950 --> 00:04:30,89 2016/2017 to her the one difference between us though is that he was caught for what he was doing and I wasn't I traveled in 59 00:04:30,90 --> 00:04:34,690 North Korea while he was currently arrest that no one had heard from him, but at the time 60 00:04:34,690 --> 00:04:36,789 No one knew that he was secretly brain dead being 61 00:04:36,979 --> 00:04:42,849 Basically kept alive on feeding tubes before the North Korean regime returned him to America weird things started happening to me almost immediately 62 00:04:42,130 --> 00:04:47,529 After landing in Pyongyang, it seems like a relatively normal, Airport, Pyongyang Airport 63 00:04:47,530 --> 00:04:51,149 Just like any other International Airport except most the people there aren't really people there just soldiers 64 00:04:51,150 --> 00:04:53,650 We were the only flight arriving 65 00:04:53,650 --> 00:04:57,699 And we were the only boarders there you may have heard North Korea has a major power problem 66 00:04:57,699 --> 00:04:59,159 They don't have enough electricity if you just look at them from a satellite image 67 00:04:59,160 --> 00:05:03,849 You can see they're basically a dark spot on the world I had purchased two 68 00:05:03,39 --> 00:05:06,59 $50 bottles of alcohol in China which I brought to 69 00:05:06,160 --> 00:05:13,570 Pyongyang with the intention of gifting to the tour guides which is kind of customary we collected our baggage and waited for the rest of 70 00:05:13,570 --> 00:05:18,419 The tour group to collect their baggage before passing through immigration the last thing I remember about that bag of alcohol was was sitting next 71 00:05:18,419 --> 00:05:23,829 To my luggage in front of the conveyer belt when all of a sudden everything just went pitch black 72 00:05:23,830 --> 00:05:27,580 We've been warned that blackouts were a really common occurrence in North Korea 73 00:05:27,580 --> 00:05:34,780 But this one even took our Chinese guides who were experts off-guard because they had never witnessed a blackout in the International Airport 74 00:05:34,780 --> 00:05:38,339 Which is supposed to have special reserves of electricity the airport blacking out here is really unusual 75 00:05:38,440 --> 00:05:44,459 There was no emergency lighting whatsoever the only light in the airport was coming from people's phones in their flashlights after five minutes 76 00:05:45,590 --> 00:05:49,869 The lights come back on and everyone continues on normal as if nothing had happened except 77 00:05:49,870 --> 00:05:53,739 I noticed that my bag of alcohol was missing. I searched around the baggage area looking for the alcohol 78 00:05:53,740 --> 00:05:56,650 There's nothing I asked a bunch of the tourists. No one has seen it 79 00:05:56,650 --> 00:06:00,940 No one's touched it so the Chinese guides advise me to go to this Lost and Found office. Which is pretty empty 80 00:06:00,940 --> 00:06:05,979 There's just like one person there who probably never gets anyone and I go into the office and I tell them my alcohol is 81 00:06:05,259 --> 00:06:10,49 Missing I don't tell them it's stolen, but it's pretty obvious at this point that it's been stolen. There's really nowhere 82 00:06:10,50 --> 00:06:13,139 It could have gone half an hour later the lost-and-found office calls me back 83 00:06:13,139 --> 00:06:19,49 And they managed to locate the bag amazingly right except the bag is completely empty and the alcohol has been taken out 84 00:06:19,50 --> 00:06:22,199 And it's just now an empty bag the bags obviously been looted 85 00:06:22,199 --> 00:06:25,199 And they just hand me the bag and smile as if nothing had happened 86 00:06:25,199 --> 00:06:29,829 I asked what happened to the alcohol inside and whether it's been stolen 87 00:06:29,830 --> 00:06:32,39 They just shrugged saying no one's ever had anything stolen from the airport before 88 00:06:32,320 --> 00:06:37,320 So I guess that would mean I'm a first or maybe they're saying mine wasn't stolen it was just misplaced 89 00:06:37,419 --> 00:06:40,929 But either way they were trying not to make a big deal out of it 90 00:06:40,80 --> 00:06:44,460 And they weren't being very helpful so being in North Korea all I could really do was say well 91 00:06:44,460 --> 00:06:49,630 Thank you for the bag smile. Nod and leave we both acted like nothing had happened 92 00:06:49,639 --> 00:06:55,599 we went our separate ways the only thing I could be happy was that it wasn't my suitcase so it's pretty obvious that when the 93 00:06:55,600 --> 00:06:59,70 Lights blacked out a soldier who was the only person who could have taken it picked up the bag and just walked away 94 00:06:59,70 --> 00:07:02,279 It's really kind of a perfect crime because there was no lighting and obviously 95 00:07:03,650 --> 00:07:05,650 CCTV wasn't working because there was no electricity 96 00:07:05,840 --> 00:07:08,220 And no one could have seen anything and the soldiers can really do whatever they want 97 00:07:08,310 --> 00:07:15,119 Passing through immigration is where I was really getting scared because immigration in North Korea is to make it or break it point 98 00:07:15,120 --> 00:07:21,149 There's no in-between this is where people get arrested either when entering or leaving the country you might think for the whole trip that everything 99 00:07:21,150 --> 00:07:24,760 Is fine until you're the last person in line at the airport 100 00:07:24,760 --> 00:07:28,349 And they say you can't go through and they just escort you away to a room and nobody really notices 101 00:07:28,350 --> 00:07:34,749 You're missing until everybody's already on the flight the baggage search is definitely the worst part because this is where they found otto warmbier 102 00:07:34,30 --> 00:07:38,500 Poster and as soon as I did that they just escorted him away, and he was never seen again 103 00:07:38,620 --> 00:07:41,560 I was scared simply because the amount of camera in microphone equipment 104 00:07:41,560 --> 00:07:45,60 I had my bag would kind of give away the fact that I wasn't just an amateur photographer or anything and I might have been 105 00:07:45,100 --> 00:07:47,800 professional view Agra Fuhrer journalists 106 00:07:47,800 --> 00:07:49,410 they pulled out of my bag a Canon 70d a 107 00:07:50,600 --> 00:07:54,209 GoPro a head strap a laptop a shotgun microphone a camera tripod a blue Yeti microphone 108 00:07:55,580 --> 00:07:57,359 batteries in five hundred gigabytes worth of SD cards 109 00:07:57,360 --> 00:08:03,850 I had a lot of gear with me which was really quite stupid because it wasn't subtle at all the soldier searching mean definitely knew 110 00:08:03,850 --> 00:08:07,869 that what I was bringing was basically professional equipment in a lot of it for a 111 00:08:07,30 --> 00:08:11,429 Five-day trip only during this whole search my heart was basically pounding adrenaline was going through my body 112 00:08:11,430 --> 00:08:14,919 And I was just trying my best to appear calm 113 00:08:14,169 --> 00:08:20,649 Collected and act like I wasn't feeling anything the soldier turned around to me and straight up just looked at me and said why do 114 00:08:20,650 --> 00:08:20,400 You have so much equipment 115 00:08:20,400 --> 00:08:25,959 Are you a journalist and obviously this was the question where if you answered yes to you get escorted away? 116 00:08:25,960 --> 00:08:27,30 And if you say no, maybe you'll be okay 117 00:08:27,30 --> 00:08:27,490 so I 118 00:08:27,490 --> 00:08:32,370 Just told them no it's just some Christmas presents that I had recently got and I wanted to test them out while I was here 119 00:08:32,370 --> 00:08:36,479 I told them I just wanted to capture as much of North Korea as possible because this was a once-in-a-lifetime 120 00:08:37,150 --> 00:08:39,120 Opportunity and apparently I hadn't given away 121 00:08:39,120 --> 00:08:45,909 How scared I was because he just nodded and acted like it was nothing had I answered yes to his questions 122 00:08:45,910 --> 00:08:49,50 I would have been arrested on the spot for being a journalist under a tourist visa in North Korea 123 00:08:49,50 --> 00:08:50,910 And I don't think 124 00:08:50,910 --> 00:08:54,410 I would have been treated too kindly for that at the time me and the soldier were basically in two different mental states 125 00:08:54,410 --> 00:08:58,40 I was in complete panic, and he was probably completely bored just searching tourists 126 00:08:58,40 --> 00:09:05,969 I just found it amazing how despite being in two different mental states neither of us gave anything away taking video in North Korea was 127 00:09:05,250 --> 00:09:09,899 Surprisingly difficult and extremely stressful, but not really for the reasons 128 00:09:09,900 --> 00:09:12,500 I expect you see most the problems didn't come from the North Koreans 129 00:09:12,500 --> 00:09:14,800 but from the actual other 130 00:09:14,800 --> 00:09:21,839 Tourists there you see most the people who travel to North Korea aren't exactly the youngest I'd say most are within their middle age towards 131 00:09:21,840 --> 00:09:23,90 Retirement age me being only 20 132 00:09:23,90 --> 00:09:26,30 I was actually the second youngest person there out of the 133 00:09:26,190 --> 00:09:30,959 300 or so who were staying in the yanggakdo hotel at the time on top of this me 134 00:09:30,30 --> 00:09:35,389 Vlogging and doing a lot of video recording caused me to stand out quite substantially and a lot of them actually 135 00:09:36,640 --> 00:09:39,990 Ended up making me a bit of a meme in fact mocking me in 136 00:09:39,240 --> 00:09:44,449 Not being very nice to me because I was standing out so much by recording a lot of the tour because I was doing something 137 00:09:44,450 --> 00:09:48,840 Different I stood out from everybody else and because of this I noticed people 138 00:09:48,60 --> 00:09:49,440 Started excluding me 139 00:09:49,440 --> 00:09:52,429 Whenever I'd sit down to drink people wouldn't be very welcoming 140 00:09:52,500 --> 00:09:55,129 Whenever I'd sit next to them on the bus or try to strike up a conversation 141 00:09:56,740 --> 00:09:59,789 They wouldn't be very eager to engage with me in fact 142 00:09:59,790 --> 00:10:01,490 They would quickly try to end the conversation and it was pretty clear 143 00:10:01,490 --> 00:10:03,290 They weren't very interested in talking to me 144 00:10:03,290 --> 00:10:07,40 In fact sometimes as I was walking through the hotel other tourists would walk past me 145 00:10:07,40 --> 00:10:11,180 And they would mockingly shout out that oh, you must be so popular and that oh people are gonna 146 00:10:11,180 --> 00:10:16,799 Love your videos really they were just being sarcastic and kind of not very nice of course 147 00:10:16,800 --> 00:10:20,240 I didn't told anyone at the time that I was a youtuber because if I'd done so it would have put me under risk 148 00:10:21,520 --> 00:10:26,819 So to them, I was just a nobody filming myself and kind of being a little bit unusual in fact 149 00:10:26,820 --> 00:10:28,280 I was urged several times during the tour by other tourists 150 00:10:28,280 --> 00:10:35,910 Just just put the camera down just listen just stop wasting your time with this. You're just enjoying, North Korea 151 00:10:46,209 --> 00:10:48,0 In fact I believe on the last day 152 00:10:48,0 --> 00:10:51,450 I was talking to a French guy who is maybe aged 30 to 35 153 00:10:51,450 --> 00:10:57,969 And he had told me your life must be very sad if you have all the time to go home and review this video 154 00:10:57,100 --> 00:11:01,630 The level of hate I got just for recording video really 155 00:11:01,970 --> 00:11:06,790 Struck me off-guard because this wasn't what I expected in North Korea especially not from tourists 156 00:11:06,790 --> 00:11:10,959 I expected my own problems to be from the North Koreans being excluded called names 157 00:11:10,180 --> 00:11:16,930 Sarcastic comments even when I walk past groups of people that was all the kind of stuff that I faced while being there in fact 158 00:11:16,930 --> 00:11:21,359 this actually kind of reminds me a lot of high school except the people are 50 and 60 years old except making jokes at the 159 00:11:21,360 --> 00:11:26,649 Expense of a 20 year old a lot of people would say the high school mentality ends after high school 160 00:11:26,690 --> 00:11:28,440 But something really valuable I learned from this experience was that 161 00:11:29,510 --> 00:11:32,39 It can happen with anyone at any age in any place in fact 162 00:11:32,40 --> 00:11:36,670 This was probably one of the most demotivating things during the whole time several times 163 00:11:36,670 --> 00:11:41,709 I was kind of about ready to give up about ready to stop recording myself, but then I decided okay 164 00:11:41,709 --> 00:11:42,100 I need a power through this 165 00:11:42,100 --> 00:11:46,690 Just nor the comments and all the thoughts of everybody else and not let what? 166 00:11:46,790 --> 00:11:49,690 Middle-aged people think of me stop me from doing what I know is right 167 00:11:49,820 --> 00:11:53,339 One of the worst parts this whole experience was being mockingly called the youtuber while in fact 168 00:11:53,339 --> 00:12:00,89 I actually was but couldn't tell anybody because if I did then I could be arrested every time a drunk middle-aged person 169 00:12:00,339 --> 00:12:03,239 Came up to me and told me to stop doing what I'm doing it 170 00:12:03,339 --> 00:12:07,139 Frustrated me so much because I was angry at these people. I just wanted to say look 171 00:12:07,140 --> 00:12:11,219 I'm 20 years old and I've done more in my life than you've done in possibly your entire life 172 00:12:11,220 --> 00:12:12,390 And I just couldn't do it 173 00:12:12,390 --> 00:12:15,549 I just had to pretend like I was an amateur 174 00:12:15,620 --> 00:12:20,620 Like I had amounted to nothing and that I was just doing this for a hobby or for fun in fact 175 00:12:20,620 --> 00:12:24,29 I had to play along with the stereotype of being an amateur because the more amateurish and idiotic 176 00:12:24,29 --> 00:12:29,889 I looked the less likely I would be to be held at the airport for potentially being a journalist 177 00:12:29,890 --> 00:12:34,140 There's a really bitter feeling that comes with being mocked by others and having to pretend that their misguided 178 00:12:34,300 --> 00:12:40,570 Judgments about yourself or actually the truth an issue I consider completely different from recording myself 179 00:12:40,699 --> 00:12:43,19 Was the recording of other people which also posed quite a problem? 180 00:12:43,19 --> 00:12:44,890 I avoided this 181 00:12:44,890 --> 00:12:49,959 But honestly no matter what I could do a Western or something would often end up in the background of my video 182 00:12:49,959 --> 00:12:53,709 Which honestly even I didn't want because it ruins the experience of North Korea 183 00:12:53,710 --> 00:12:58,349 What really irked me out about North Korea is the fact that the tourists there would get really mad at you if they somehow? 184 00:12:58,480 --> 00:13:02,340 Accidentally ended up in the background of your video one instance of this was when I was in an elevator 185 00:13:02,500 --> 00:13:08,559 Just walking around with a GoPro on my head seeing what activities the hotel had to offer when in the elevator 186 00:13:08,650 --> 00:13:11,340 From a group of people a lady stopped me and asked me if I was recording of course 187 00:13:11,340 --> 00:13:15,789 I told her I was and she told me to immediately stop recording 188 00:13:30,430 --> 00:13:36,669 Normally it isn't such a problem to ask someone to stop recording you and let that be that but you have to remember this is 189 00:13:36,670 --> 00:13:41,830 North Korea and the more you think about it the more stupid it kind of becomes first of all you're in North Korea you travel 190 00:13:41,830 --> 00:13:45,669 To the least free country in the world and you have any expectation of privacy whatsoever 191 00:13:45,310 --> 00:13:53,739 Secondly there's a camera in the elevator recording video and audio at all times thirdly the yanggakdo hotel actually has an entire floor 192 00:13:53,80 --> 00:13:56,39 Dedicated to monitoring guests 24 hours a day 193 00:13:56,350 --> 00:13:57,400 Seven days a week 194 00:13:57,400 --> 00:14:03,150 Fourthly my GoPro videos were around one hour each and no one really cares about a random tourist in the background of the video 195 00:14:03,370 --> 00:14:06,549 Nobody cares about who you are or the fact 196 00:14:06,550 --> 00:14:06,390 You're in an elevator 197 00:14:06,390 --> 00:14:10,869 the ironic part about asking me not to record you and to end my 198 00:14:10,940 --> 00:14:14,99 Recording is that now you have differentiated yourself from the hundreds of other people in the video 199 00:14:14,100 --> 00:14:18,820 You've now stepped into the limelight and you've made yourself stand out 200 00:14:18,820 --> 00:14:21,879 It's funny because this video was honestly extremely 201 00:14:21,40 --> 00:14:27,760 Uninteresting and would have just sat on my harddrive for probably a few years before it's deleted and the fact that you asked me to 202 00:14:27,760 --> 00:14:31,169 Stop recording you you're now one of the only pieces of evidence. I have of the complications 203 00:14:31,170 --> 00:14:34,510 I was facing from other tourists by far the worst 204 00:14:34,610 --> 00:14:38,280 Experience I had with tourists in North Korea was when I was just standing alone in a bar having a drink by myself 205 00:14:38,440 --> 00:14:44,799 When a large group of tourists mobbed me in forced me into the corner of the bar and took out their cell phones and started 206 00:14:44,800 --> 00:14:47,710 Recording me with the flashlights on they forced me against the wall 207 00:14:47,710 --> 00:14:52,659 And this was a demeaning high school mentality attack against me the best thing I could do in the situation 208 00:14:52,820 --> 00:14:56,739 When mob by other people recording me was just act like it didn't bother me 209 00:14:56,740 --> 00:14:58,500 And then I was totally fine with it. I was totally in on the joke right 210 00:14:58,500 --> 00:15:03,729 I have no issue with people recording me ever but the fact that you organized this 211 00:15:03,880 --> 00:15:09,910 Attack on me in such a patronizing way and wanted to demean me by doing. It. Just didn't sit right with me 212 00:15:09,910 --> 00:15:10,470 Let's some high school level crap 213 00:15:10,470 --> 00:15:16,229 And I really don't think anyone would appreciate that and that certainly wasn't what I was doing to other people before you go to North 214 00:15:16,230 --> 00:15:20,160 Korea you have to go through China because the only planes from North Korea actually 215 00:15:20,230 --> 00:15:23,650 Land in China before I went to North Korea and China 216 00:15:23,650 --> 00:15:25,470 I had to sign this contract and everyone has to sign this contract 217 00:15:26,720 --> 00:15:26,220 basically 218 00:15:26,220 --> 00:15:32,709 It says you're not a journalist you're not a religious proselytize er and that any footage you release more photos 219 00:15:32,780 --> 00:15:34,139 Afterwards have to be pre-approved before being released 220 00:15:34,330 --> 00:15:39,419 Basically the problem is the North Korean government doesn't want negative footage or negative pictures being released from the country 221 00:15:39,420 --> 00:15:43,720 But they really have no power to stop people once they're outside 222 00:15:43,720 --> 00:15:48,389 North Korea so the North Korean government found an interesting solution of this dilemma you see only certain tour 223 00:15:49,520 --> 00:15:53,309 Companies are allowed to actually take tourists to North Korea, and if any journalists travel with these companies 224 00:15:53,310 --> 00:16:00,450 then that company essentially gets a ban from taking tourists abroad and that's happening before so in order to stop leaks of negative photos or 225 00:16:00,450 --> 00:16:06,700 video the travel companies essentially have you signed a piece of paper that says you can be sued if you release 226 00:16:06,800 --> 00:16:08,430 video that causes future harm to their company 227 00:16:08,430 --> 00:16:13,109 so essentially if you go to film or take photos in North Korea the only stuff that can be released, it's 228 00:16:13,210 --> 00:16:21,609 Positive information about North Korea so North Korea solved this problem really cleverly by using travel companies to censor information 229 00:16:21,800 --> 00:16:22,500 In a completely legal way 230 00:16:22,500 --> 00:16:25,320 There's actually plenty of examples of this happening just take for instance 231 00:16:26,720 --> 00:16:28,720 This video by National Geographic 232 00:16:28,730 --> 00:16:34,900 of a North Korean ski resort it has two million views and it actually makes North Korea look like an amazing place to travel to 233 00:16:34,900 --> 00:16:36,30 They have drone shots beautiful scenery 234 00:16:36,460 --> 00:16:44,9 Slow-motion footage sport it actually makes North Korea look amazing nice steep sloes. We go get some speed on that I spent where 235 00:16:47,50 --> 00:16:49,50 Yeah, that's it hold that 236 00:17:13,170 --> 00:17:18,139 But because National Geographic is only allowed to release positive video of North Korea 237 00:17:18,140 --> 00:17:24,660 this is essentially propaganda because it's one-sided you only see the positive part in never the negative if 238 00:17:24,730 --> 00:17:28,10 National Geographic was to travel there and end up releasing negative video or 239 00:17:28,199 --> 00:17:32,29 information about North Korea the government would ban any of their journalists or 240 00:17:32,340 --> 00:17:34,490 members of their company from traveling to the country again 241 00:17:34,490 --> 00:17:39,599 And never being able to film again because of this they wouldn't be able to make videos in the future so 242 00:17:39,210 --> 00:17:43,770 Really, if you think about it National Geographic, just like any other company has 243 00:17:44,500 --> 00:17:48,349 Money is their number one interests and not really journalistic integrity another instance is fun for Louis 244 00:17:49,510 --> 00:17:54,839 youtuber who travel there and vlog there his vlogs made, North Korea look like a fun and amazing place to travel to 245 00:18:17,170 --> 00:18:19,150 In fact there was no 246 00:18:19,150 --> 00:18:24,550 criticisms or warning about North Korea in that entire video of his philip defranco 247 00:18:24,160 --> 00:18:30,759 Actually criticized fun for lure pretty badly for having sugar-coated the country and not offered any critical 248 00:18:30,890 --> 00:18:33,790 Perspective of what's going on there a problem that a lot of people are having though 249 00:18:33,790 --> 00:18:35,570 Is that by just focusing on the positive? 250 00:18:35,570 --> 00:18:37,570 of North Korea on these very 251 00:18:37,760 --> 00:18:38,600 curated very 252 00:18:38,600 --> 00:18:42,940 Controlled tours where they show you what they want you to see effectively becomes North Korean propaganda 253 00:18:42,950 --> 00:18:46,660 Which is terrible because North Korea is one of the most repressive countries out there? 254 00:18:46,660 --> 00:18:47,140 You're purposefully 255 00:18:47,140 --> 00:18:53,129 Presenting it in this positive light which is actually bad is in my personal opinion is I think that he didn't talk about the negative 256 00:18:53,130 --> 00:18:56,530 Stuff because he doesn't want to screw over the guy that got him there 257 00:18:56,530 --> 00:18:57,300 I mean we're talking about a country where people have visited 258 00:18:57,300 --> 00:19:00,789 They spoke out against the country they then visited again 259 00:19:00,790 --> 00:19:05,889 And then they get life in prison in so did other news articles because what fun for Louis had released was actually 260 00:19:05,50 --> 00:19:11,9 Propaganda because everything was positive and there was nothing at all negative about the country fun for Louis then went on to defend his vlog 261 00:19:11,10 --> 00:19:17,249 Saying he's not about political commentary and that he just wants to have upbeat and happy videos about everywhere. He goes hey guys 262 00:19:17,250 --> 00:19:24,300 I'm making a video today to respond to the massive amount of criticism have had over my North Korea vlogs. I am NOT a 263 00:19:25,90 --> 00:19:28,290 Investigative journalist, I don't really do political commentary 264 00:19:28,290 --> 00:19:34,320 He briefly touched on not only jeopardized the nonprofit organization who helped him get there because doing so would 265 00:19:35,630 --> 00:19:37,570 Possibly restrict their travel in the future 266 00:19:37,570 --> 00:19:39,29 So I want to explain how I ended up going on the trip now 267 00:19:39,160 --> 00:19:40,390 my friend Lane 268 00:19:40,390 --> 00:19:46,349 posted on Facebook that he was going or wanted to go so I contacted him and found out that he was going with an 269 00:19:47,570 --> 00:19:49,139 organization that were running their third annual 270 00:19:50,570 --> 00:19:56,309 Surf school so the guy organizing these trips has been visiting North Korea for 17 years doing humanitarian relief work 271 00:19:56,320 --> 00:20:01,379 He doesn't work for the government, but he has been building a relationship with the government and with the people there 272 00:20:01,380 --> 00:20:07,690 And I don't want to jeopardize any of the work that he's done with the content 273 00:20:07,690 --> 00:20:11,949 I've been creating what he failed to mention was that he signed a contract just like me 274 00:20:11,320 --> 00:20:15,939 prohibiting any negative content about North Korea ever being released 275 00:20:15,940 --> 00:20:18,879 But the one thing that irks me is the fact that he claims his video are not 276 00:20:18,70 --> 00:20:24,209 Propaganda propaganda is presenting only one side of a story in by basis the contract 277 00:20:24,210 --> 00:20:29,939 He signed only allowed him to release one side of the story so what he did release was indeed 278 00:20:29,100 --> 00:20:35,730 Propaganda definitely makes what fun for Louie did despicable because he was only really telling a half-truth you know entire time 279 00:20:35,730 --> 00:20:36,290 He never told us the full story 280 00:20:36,290 --> 00:20:43,9 He never even warned people or told people that maybe you shouldn't travel to North Korea if you look at the statistics around 800 Americans 281 00:20:43,80 --> 00:20:51,750 Travel to North Korea every year in this year three Americans have been detained and not released so 800 divided by three is about 282 00:20:51,420 --> 00:20:58,979 260 so there's a 1 in 260 chance of an American traveling to North Korea in being held in a prison camp 283 00:20:58,290 --> 00:21:03,439 Having their human rights taken away from them and possibly even killed as in the case of otto warmbier Louie 284 00:21:03,440 --> 00:21:06,750 you need to understand that any video you make will have 285 00:21:06,90 --> 00:21:11,90 Consequences down the line your videos Louie definitely did encourage people not just me to travel to North Korea 286 00:21:11,90 --> 00:21:16,429 And you put them at unnecessary risk by far the most dangerous thing I did in North Korea was sneak out of the 287 00:21:17,530 --> 00:21:22,949 Designated area on New Year's Eve you see we've been taking you an ice sculpture exhibit. Just outside Kim il-sung square 288 00:21:23,590 --> 00:21:28,100 Which is right across from this place? It's like a big library, and it looks like a big palace alright 289 00:21:28,100 --> 00:21:34,829 So Kim il-sung's square is this place where you ever see pictures of North Korean military parades well, that's where they're held 290 00:21:34,830 --> 00:21:35,800 so it's kind of a 291 00:21:35,800 --> 00:21:38,419 Sacred place to the North Koreans because it was New Year's Eve the whole plaza 292 00:21:38,420 --> 00:21:43,399 And the ice sculpture area was especially popular so soldiers were actually blocking the crowds and doing crowd control 293 00:21:44,650 --> 00:21:49,489 Only allowing people in and out when there was enough space for people to move so they're soldiers absolutely littered everywhere 294 00:21:49,490 --> 00:21:56,520 And I start recording with my GoPro to my surprise the North Korean guides for once it told us you're allowed to roam around on 295 00:21:56,520 --> 00:21:59,790 Our own, but we were not allowed to leave the smaller ice sculpture Plaza 296 00:21:59,790 --> 00:22:01,679 This was basically the only amount of freedom 297 00:22:01,679 --> 00:22:03,809 We'd been given since we'd been in North Korea 298 00:22:03,809 --> 00:22:06,319 And honestly felt really amazing just that do my own thing for once 299 00:22:06,470 --> 00:22:12,780 And even this freedom had been granted out of necessity rather than goodwill because it was so crowded the North Korean guides couldn't even keep 300 00:22:12,780 --> 00:22:16,9 Tabs on us anymore, so that was really their only choice ok the ice sculptures are great 301 00:22:16,10 --> 00:22:20,270 But I see the Grand Palace off to one side lit up beautifully at night 302 00:22:20,270 --> 00:22:24,79 And I want to go there only issues their soldiers littered absolutely everywhere 303 00:22:24,80 --> 00:22:28,490 And it's illegal for a westerner to walk around on their own without a guide with them of course 304 00:22:28,490 --> 00:22:33,599 I don't look Korean, but I'm wearing a hat and a scarf and I can conceal my face pretty well 305 00:22:33,600 --> 00:22:39,350 I think just enough to the fact that I would look indistinguishable from everybody else everybody even the Koreans are basically trapped in this Plaza 306 00:22:39,350 --> 00:22:41,870 Because the soldiers are blocking 307 00:22:41,870 --> 00:22:42,900 It because it's too crowded 308 00:22:42,900 --> 00:22:48,530 so I come up with a plan the plan is because it's dark and I have clothing covering most of my face if I just 309 00:22:48,530 --> 00:22:50,379 Walk into the middle of one of the Korean crowds waiting to cross the street 310 00:22:50,380 --> 00:22:53,780 Then I can probably walk out on my own without being recognized 311 00:22:53,780 --> 00:22:56,499 So just in case I talked to the GoPro, and I say all right guys 312 00:22:56,500 --> 00:23:00,979 I'm really not sure if I'm allowed to do this, but I'm pretty sure I am even though 313 00:23:00,980 --> 00:23:02,290 I know I'm really not that's just kind of an alibi 314 00:23:03,860 --> 00:23:07,550 I would like across the street, but I'm a little worried because 315 00:23:07,280 --> 00:23:10,389 In military, I don't know what the instructions 316 00:23:13,490 --> 00:23:15,490 With the long time 317 00:23:45,759 --> 00:23:47,299 This is the plaza there's so many soldiers here 318 00:23:57,480 --> 00:24:02,789 At one point I even just say yellow to the camera because I'm like all right, I'm just gonna go for this 319 00:24:02,789 --> 00:24:04,789 This is what I want fucking yellow 320 00:24:05,70 --> 00:24:08,299 Even if I do get caught I can probably just claim ignorance 321 00:24:08,299 --> 00:24:14,788 I think so I joined the crowd my heart starts pounding. Eventually the soldiers let everyone cross the street 322 00:24:14,789 --> 00:24:17,449 I'm in the middle of the crowd. I managed to get past the soldiers without an issue nice 323 00:24:17,450 --> 00:24:19,460 Well all the other tourists are locked away in that Plaza 324 00:24:20,500 --> 00:24:23,759 I'm basically walking around Pyongyang on my own unaccompanied 325 00:24:23,759 --> 00:24:28,709 So I'm just exploring and I notice obviously a lot of Koreans are kind of staring at me because I can see him a westerner 326 00:24:28,710 --> 00:24:30,49 And they haven't seen many Westerners in life to be honest 327 00:24:30,59 --> 00:24:34,128 So I just try my best to keep my head down and keep going so I see in the square 328 00:24:34,129 --> 00:24:36,840 There's lots of kids playing with balls and stuff 329 00:24:36,840 --> 00:24:39,959 I try to get some kids to pass the ball to me with her no success 330 00:24:39,960 --> 00:24:41,480 They weren't really that eager to interact with me eventually though 331 00:24:41,480 --> 00:24:45,79 I managed to find a crowd of kids, and I convinced them to toss the ball at me 332 00:24:53,299 --> 00:24:57,79 All right, they seem to enjoy that I don't think they get her interact with many corners 333 00:24:57,269 --> 00:25:00,539 And as it tossed the ball at me I go to headbutt it 334 00:25:00,539 --> 00:25:03,229 But of course my GoPro just comes flying off, and it smashes into the floor 335 00:25:14,860 --> 00:25:15,960 Obviously the lens breaks 336 00:25:15,960 --> 00:25:21,659 I'm really panicked because I'm outside of where I'm supposed to be and I think I've just broken my GoPro the lens has come off 337 00:25:21,659 --> 00:25:24,109 So I just turn off the recording at this point. This is the one time in my life 338 00:25:24,110 --> 00:25:27,439 I wish I was recording, but stupidly I wasn't after I stopped recording 339 00:25:27,450 --> 00:25:31,39 I'll start walking back towards the ice sculpture Plaza to get back inside 340 00:25:31,320 --> 00:25:36,19 When this kid sees me and out of the hundreds of people in the plaza. He's the only one who actually 341 00:25:37,539 --> 00:25:41,209 Had the courage to approach me. He comes up to me and says hello, and I smile I say hi back 342 00:25:41,210 --> 00:25:47,819 But it's pretty obvious that his English is really not very good at all obviously he doesn't speak much English 343 00:25:47,859 --> 00:25:49,889 And I have absolutely no Korean 344 00:25:49,960 --> 00:25:55,619 Despite this I try to talk to him because this is really my only chance to talk with a North Korean without having it scripted 345 00:25:55,659 --> 00:25:59,699 He asked me my age, and I say I'm 20 and I ask his age, and he says he's 15 346 00:25:59,700 --> 00:26:04,249 He asked me where I'm from and he doesn't seem to understand the word Ireland, so I just explained him from America 347 00:26:04,249 --> 00:26:07,189 He asked me what I think of Pyongyang, and I give him a neutral answer 348 00:26:07,190 --> 00:26:09,499 I just say oh, it's very different and very interesting 349 00:26:09,499 --> 00:26:14,269 Which is technically true pretty quickly we hit the limits of his English in the run out of things 350 00:26:14,269 --> 00:26:16,269 He's able to talk about this though is 351 00:26:16,289 --> 00:26:21,408 probably one of the most touching moments of my life for whatever reason he decides to grab my hand he holds it tightly and 352 00:26:22,509 --> 00:26:25,399 He won't let it go. He just stands there and stares at me. It's clear 353 00:26:25,399 --> 00:26:29,479 He wanted to say something, but wasn't because his English wasn't good enough and of course 354 00:26:29,480 --> 00:26:32,119 I wanted to ask him all kinds of questions about North Korea 355 00:26:32,119 --> 00:26:35,639 But I couldn't because my Korean wasn't really up to scratch 356 00:26:35,739 --> 00:26:40,249 So he keeps holding my hand and of course we can't talk to each other because the goddamn language barrier stops us 357 00:26:40,249 --> 00:26:43,949 But the kid just won't let go of my hand no matter what I do 358 00:26:43,950 --> 00:26:47,519 He just keeps holding on to it and this goes on for about two minutes 359 00:26:47,519 --> 00:26:51,319 And his friends have kind of gathered around and they're staring and stuff and eventually I managed to convince him that I have to go 360 00:26:51,320 --> 00:26:56,419 And he of course let's go I say bye. He says goodbye and I guess we just go on our ways from there 361 00:26:56,419 --> 00:26:59,998 It's so bizarre to think I'm probably the only foreigner 362 00:26:59,999 --> 00:27:05,608 He's ever seen in real life and most definitely the only one he will ever talk to in his entire life in fact unauthorized contact 363 00:27:05,990 --> 00:27:09,219 With people on the streets of North Korea is actually illegal there. It still stays with me 364 00:27:09,400 --> 00:27:12,219 I really wonder what this fifteen-year-old kid wanted to ask me 365 00:27:12,220 --> 00:27:18,530 But couldn't because he didn't know how to say it and even still I wonder like how he is in what his future life will 366 00:27:18,530 --> 00:27:22,300 Be like in North Korea. I can't even remember his name because it was some Korean name, and yeah most definitely 367 00:27:22,300 --> 00:27:27,9 I'll never know what actually happens to him of course I feel sorry for him because he'll never be able to leave, North Korea 368 00:27:27,140 --> 00:27:31,999 Honestly kind of sad before I left I said he should study more English 369 00:27:31,0 --> 00:27:35,170 And I hope maybe I had some sort of positive impact on his life being the only foreigner 370 00:27:35,170 --> 00:27:40,699 He's ever spoken to and I hope that maybe I was able to dispel some of the stereotypes 371 00:27:40,700 --> 00:27:45,710 He might have had about us. I really hope he'll be able to see past the propaganda about foreign countries and foreigners 372 00:27:45,710 --> 00:27:48,860 I hope I left the impact and I know he definitely left an impact on me 373 00:27:48,860 --> 00:27:51,40 I continue on my way back towards the edge of Kim il-sung's square 374 00:27:51,40 --> 00:27:56,659 And eventually I reached a point where there soldiers, and I have to cross the street again, so I pull my hat down 375 00:27:56,660 --> 00:27:57,710 I pull my scarf up 376 00:27:57,710 --> 00:28:00,100 I joined the middle of the crowd just like I had before I just wait for the right moment to pass 377 00:28:00,260 --> 00:28:03,559 Eventually the soldiers signals everyone to move into the new place 378 00:28:03,559 --> 00:28:07,299 and I walk and I walk in eventually the dude puts his arm down and blocks a crowd right where I'm I'm now at the 379 00:28:07,300 --> 00:28:08,470 very front row of this crowd 380 00:28:08,470 --> 00:28:09,370 I'm in plain sight 381 00:28:09,370 --> 00:28:14,50 But I just looked down and try to act normal and act like I'm not really worried and not 382 00:28:14,120 --> 00:28:18,739 Suspicious at all because the crowd had moved so far up the soldier actually tells everyone 383 00:28:18,870 --> 00:28:21,370 With his hands to like move back and stuff and everyone starts moving back including myself 384 00:28:21,380 --> 00:28:27,130 I reached the point where I'm not able to move back any further without pushing people over or hurting anybody and out of nowhere he 385 00:28:27,130 --> 00:28:28,790 Just comes up to me 386 00:28:28,790 --> 00:28:30,620 He pushes me over and I fall on my ass 387 00:28:30,620 --> 00:28:33,890 And of course I get back up because I was just pushed by a North Korean soldier 388 00:28:33,890 --> 00:28:37,640 I pushed myself back as far as I can to the crowd with full force luckily 389 00:28:37,640 --> 00:28:41,199 I wasn't hurt, but he didn't notice I was a foreigner because if he had I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have pushed me 390 00:28:41,200 --> 00:28:44,470 But him pushing me actually got the attention of another soldier on duty 391 00:28:44,470 --> 00:28:50,540 and the soldier was able to see that I'm a foreigner so he reaches into the crowd and grabs me by the clothes and he 392 00:28:50,540 --> 00:28:53,929 Pulls me out at this point. I'm really worried because I know I've been caught he knows 393 00:28:53,929 --> 00:28:56,259 I'm a foreigner, and I'm really not sure what will happen at this point, but luckily 394 00:28:56,260 --> 00:28:59,719 He just pulls me into the ice sculpture Plaza 395 00:28:59,850 --> 00:29:03,829 Then leaves all the Koreans outside because he knows that I'm not supposed to be out there 396 00:29:03,830 --> 00:29:07,880 He doesn't say anything, and I'm let back in the plaza, and I'm able to go on my own way 397 00:29:07,880 --> 00:29:10,999 He obviously knew I wasn't supposed to be out there because he pulled me back in 398 00:29:10,190 --> 00:29:14,230 But I count myself lucky because you know he could have done much worse than that 399 00:29:14,380 --> 00:29:16,760 Wow, what an experience 400 00:29:16,760 --> 00:29:18,189 I was actually caught outside of Plaza trying to get 401 00:29:18,440 --> 00:29:22,970 And not only that but I was actually pushed over by a North Korean soldier now 402 00:29:22,970 --> 00:29:26,990 How many people can say that that's happened to them, but this experience really tells us something about? 403 00:29:26,990 --> 00:29:30,620 North Korea North Korean soldiers really aren't a force to be reckoned with and will get 404 00:29:30,750 --> 00:29:35,539 Aggressive really quickly and without warning this explains why the crowd was pushing so hard 405 00:29:35,669 --> 00:29:35,270 backwards 406 00:29:35,270 --> 00:29:40,419 Because if they didn't then what happened to me will probably happen to them if you get in order from a North Korean soldier you 407 00:29:40,419 --> 00:29:47,288 Basically follow it or you face the consequences those 15 minutes after I ended the GoPro recording are some of the most dangerous and yet 408 00:29:48,809 --> 00:29:50,809 heart-touching moments in my life 409 00:29:50,149 --> 00:29:52,950 Okay, so one major mistake 410 00:29:52,950 --> 00:29:55,450 I made before going to North Korea was the night before I left from Tokyo to 411 00:29:56,610 --> 00:30:00,429 Beijing I was hanging out with my roommate we were drinking and I was testing the new camera equipment 412 00:30:00,429 --> 00:30:06,859 I just bought I wasn't very experienced with using cameras at this point we were walking the streets basically early in the morning laughing about 413 00:30:06,860 --> 00:30:10,449 North Korea making jokes and basically joking about how I'm gonna end up like otto warmbier or something 414 00:30:10,450 --> 00:30:14,439 We said bad things about Kim jong-un and whatnot and I recorded a bunch of it some reason 415 00:30:14,440 --> 00:30:19,419 I was really stubborn didn't want to delete that footage so I took it with me to Beijing a few hours before my flight to 416 00:30:19,419 --> 00:30:21,370 Pyongyang I realized I had to do something with his footage 417 00:30:21,370 --> 00:30:23,270 I couldn't take this footage to North Korea 418 00:30:23,270 --> 00:30:28,209 So I tried to upload it to Google Drive only to remember that Google is blocked in China plus 419 00:30:28,210 --> 00:30:32,510 I don't have the upload speed to put it in the cloud before I leave to 420 00:30:32,850 --> 00:30:38,990 Cheongyang I come up with this idea which I now call a really stupid idea and that was to actually encrypt the video, okay 421 00:30:38,990 --> 00:30:41,750 So it's about 12 hours before my flight to Pyongyang 422 00:30:41,760 --> 00:30:45,459 And I've just realized I have a bit of a problem my idea was to put these vlogs up in the cloud 423 00:30:46,559 --> 00:30:49,89 That way once I get back to Ireland I can just download them again 424 00:30:49,90 --> 00:30:52,880 But unfortunately that's not the case because the Great Firewall of China 425 00:30:52,460 --> 00:30:59,230 Prevents me from using sites like Dropbox or Google Drive so basically that means I can't put my data on the cloud 426 00:30:59,299 --> 00:31:02,259 Which means I'm gonna have to take these vlogs with me to North Korea 427 00:31:03,510 --> 00:31:05,539 So I've done a little bit of research 428 00:31:05,610 --> 00:31:09,529 And this is the best solution I've come up with so basically what I'm gonna do is 429 00:31:09,529 --> 00:31:14,19 I'm gonna change the name of all my vlogs. I'm gonna change the extensions to dot DLL 430 00:31:14,20 --> 00:31:20,989 I'm gonna encrypt that and then I'm gonna change the extension to that to dot dl l dot Mui 431 00:31:20,270 --> 00:31:27,589 And I'm gonna put those in the Windows registry. I'm not only am I gonna format all my drives, but once they're formatted 432 00:31:27,590 --> 00:31:28,940 I'm gonna overwrite them with data 433 00:31:28,940 --> 00:31:30,900 That way they can't be recovered 434 00:31:30,900 --> 00:31:31,470 so a little bit of a 435 00:31:31,470 --> 00:31:37,309 Complicated security issue and even that's not perfect like at least I'll be the only one with the knowledge to decrypt those videos 436 00:31:38,710 --> 00:31:38,430 but 437 00:31:38,430 --> 00:31:39,59 that's 438 00:31:39,59 --> 00:31:45,539 That's the issue you see if they do figure out like these files are taking up a lot of space if they were to happen 439 00:31:45,540 --> 00:31:48,809 To search my computer and basically I'm the weakest link in this chain 440 00:31:48,90 --> 00:31:52,559 Which means the issue rests with me to protect my data if the one? 441 00:31:52,720 --> 00:31:55,10 1,000 chance happened that I was like detained or something and they start asking hard questions 442 00:31:56,530 --> 00:32:00,839 Can I really trust myself not to give them the password of logs which could potentially incriminating? 443 00:32:01,510 --> 00:32:04,890 Not only that but if I take a X script with me to North Korea 444 00:32:04,960 --> 00:32:06,870 Then I can actually encrypt some of the footage 445 00:32:06,870 --> 00:32:11,359 I have there in heighted on my PC is sort of an extra layer of security because sometimes people get their SD cards 446 00:32:12,580 --> 00:32:14,640 Confiscated from them, and I don't want that to happen to me 447 00:32:14,640 --> 00:32:14,950 I 448 00:32:14,950 --> 00:32:19,250 Definitely don't want to lose all the footage that I've taken but of course this requires me to take the encryption software with me to 449 00:32:19,250 --> 00:32:24,469 North Korea which was a huge dumb mistake at this point because if it was somehow fun on my computer 450 00:32:24,470 --> 00:32:28,40 Then I would probably be sent to court for espionage or something stupid like that 451 00:32:28,40 --> 00:32:34,159 I kind of counted on the computer literacy of North Korea to help me out in this sense because if they search my computer unless 452 00:32:34,160 --> 00:32:37,829 It was an expert. They really wouldn't find anything less 453 00:32:37,830 --> 00:32:42,929 They start really digging deep will find these dot bat folders, which are like 10 gigabytes large each at the time 454 00:32:42,929 --> 00:32:44,329 I thought the risk was worth the reward but looking back 455 00:32:44,330 --> 00:32:46,230 This was the dumbest thing I could possibly 456 00:32:46,230 --> 00:32:52,309 Do and this was the one thing that if I was caught doing I would have been definitely thrown in a prison camp 457 00:32:52,500 --> 00:32:57,689 Don't take encryption software in North Korea a lot of people who go to North Korea 458 00:32:57,690 --> 00:33:01,370 Talk about how a lot of what you see there is scripted or that everyone's actors or something like that? 459 00:33:02,520 --> 00:33:07,949 Staged and exaggerated or even that the North Korean guides will sometimes lie to you naturally this kind of sounds like a conspiracy 460 00:33:07,50 --> 00:33:09,169 But realizing, it's North Korea 461 00:33:09,210 --> 00:33:10,350 Yeah, it's possible 462 00:33:10,350 --> 00:33:13,160 But I did manage to capture the North Korean charade 463 00:33:13,410 --> 00:33:18,629 Basically falling apart right in front of me one thing the North Koreans are bad at our computers 464 00:33:18,630 --> 00:33:23,939 And when they try to use computers in front of you even to fake their computer skills it really shows 465 00:33:34,580 --> 00:33:37,289 While we're at a leather factory there was this room in the factory full of computers 466 00:33:37,289 --> 00:33:40,898 We were told the computers were there for research purposes 467 00:33:40,899 --> 00:33:46,659 And the workers were free to use the computers whenever they want for free time or for research or for whatever right a closer look 468 00:33:46,659 --> 00:33:51,609 At what they were doing on the computers though showed that everyone in the room was learning how to type they were using a Korean 469 00:33:51,620 --> 00:33:56,500 Typing software in other words none of the Koreans there knew how to type or even use a computer properly 470 00:33:56,500 --> 00:33:59,99 And it gets worse when you look at the boss in charge of the projector at the front of the room 471 00:33:59,100 --> 00:34:02,620 What useful thing is he doing on his computer? Oh? 472 00:34:02,620 --> 00:34:06,179 He's looking at North Korean propaganda photos on a Google image search knock off 473 00:34:06,179 --> 00:34:09,179 Is this really the most useful thing they can do with the computers? 474 00:34:09,190 --> 00:34:13,690 And they're showing this to us to show off that they know how to use computers well 475 00:34:13,790 --> 00:34:17,189 It's pretty obvious this room was designed as a show for tourists in other words those 476 00:34:17,470 --> 00:34:24,329 Computers were never used by the workers of the factory outside of tourists visiting it people viewing an animal inside a cage it really was 477 00:34:24,329 --> 00:34:26,250 Like a zoo because we were just watching them 478 00:34:26,250 --> 00:34:30,760 And they were just trying so hard not to look at us just focusing on their screens 479 00:34:30,760 --> 00:34:30,429 and it was 480 00:34:30,429 --> 00:34:34,929 Kind of eerie that really says an immense amount about North Korean computer 481 00:34:34,60 --> 00:34:39,579 Competency because if that's their best attempt at fooling us into thinking they can use computers well 482 00:34:39,579 --> 00:34:43,869 That's just really ridiculous, and this really shows North Korea doesn't have computers 483 00:34:43,869 --> 00:34:48,969 Do they poor computer skills had further been shown in this massive library you see in this library 484 00:34:48,270 --> 00:34:53,889 There was this rocket right in the middle of it, which had launched a North Korean satellite into space 485 00:34:54,589 --> 00:34:58,839 Surrounded by the rocket were thousands of computers on multiple stories of the library 486 00:34:58,910 --> 00:35:03,270 These computers are basically at the center of the library and the whole design of the library was very modern and futuristic 487 00:35:04,599 --> 00:35:05,510 however only 488 00:35:05,510 --> 00:35:11,399 Absolutely tiny number of these computers were actually being used and the computers are were being used were being used almost entirely by children 489 00:35:12,130 --> 00:35:16,50 Walking around the library. I noticed there was two different things the kids were doing on the computers 490 00:35:16,50 --> 00:35:20,489 They're either using that program to learn to type Korean or they were watching cartoons 491 00:35:20,490 --> 00:35:24,879 They really weren't putting these computers to any sort of good use 492 00:35:24,40 --> 00:35:31,959 Looks like most of the kids are either learning to type or they're watching videos, which is pretty cool. Like they have access to these 493 00:35:32,790 --> 00:35:36,279 Pyongyang and besides the photo I've shown there were more computers in a different part of the library like 494 00:35:37,560 --> 00:35:41,259 Absolutely hundreds of them, and there was only like two or three people using these computers 495 00:35:41,260 --> 00:35:45,310 It's just somebody asked the question of like where all the people like this place is massive 496 00:35:45,310 --> 00:35:49,669 And it's like it's mostly empty, and it seems just because it's New Years Eve 497 00:35:49,99 --> 00:35:55,549 There's really nobody here and considering like this place hits thousands like it's just it's just completely empty 498 00:35:56,119 --> 00:36:02,838 One of the most bizarre things about this library in these computers is that kim jeong-hoon had visited a year or two ago 499 00:36:02,0 --> 00:36:05,959 and he'd actually sat down in one of these chairs and 500 00:36:05,60 --> 00:36:12,589 This computer and sure he sat down actually had a plaque to signify that he had sat here and basically glorified it with his presence 501 00:36:12,930 --> 00:36:14,500 And even though those computers were barely being used 502 00:36:14,500 --> 00:36:19,449 I'm pretty sure that particular computer the last person who sat in it was Kim jong-un because no one would dare 503 00:36:20,700 --> 00:36:22,300 Disrespect him by sitting in that holy chair 504 00:36:22,300 --> 00:36:26,749 I asked one of my North Korean guides how the North Korean internet works 505 00:36:26,750 --> 00:36:30,500 And she explained the specialist basically scour the worldwide web 506 00:36:30,500 --> 00:36:37,359 And they find anything useful or productive and save it to North Korean computers so basically anyone in North Korea with internet access 507 00:36:38,730 --> 00:36:43,119 only has access to these North Korean servers and all that stuff has been carefully gone through and 508 00:36:43,460 --> 00:36:50,750 Everything including videos and movies on these North Korean servers are essentially stolen or pirated content 509 00:36:50,750 --> 00:36:52,969 But I guess that's not really a law in North Korea 510 00:36:52,970 --> 00:36:57,889 Is it so yeah if you guys were wondering about the whole thing about me traveling in North Korea? Well that's basically it 511 00:36:57,890 --> 00:37:03,530 Yeah, I was incredibly stupid for traveling there, and I wholeheartedly regret it. That's nothing I'll ever do again 512 00:37:03,530 --> 00:37:07,909 It was not worth the risk however something very positive actually came from me going to North Korea 513 00:37:07,910 --> 00:37:10,609 And that was the fact that I'm the first one to release 514 00:37:10,770 --> 00:37:16,179 Information about the restrictions the visitors are put under as you guys now know anything filmed in North Korea has to be 515 00:37:16,369 --> 00:37:18,10 pre-approved and only positive well 516 00:37:18,10 --> 00:37:20,379 They're taken by journalists news organizations 517 00:37:20,380 --> 00:37:25,210 Or just ordinary people like me next time you see any sort of video filmed in North Korea 518 00:37:25,210 --> 00:37:27,140 You now know that it is essentially 519 00:37:27,140 --> 00:37:34,300 propaganda because only the positive stuff was approved even stuff like the National Geographic documentary about skiing in North Korea is 520 00:37:34,400 --> 00:37:35,900 propaganda 521 00:37:35,900 --> 00:37:38,900 And I guarantee you will not find anyone in 522 00:37:38,210 --> 00:37:46,710 North Korea make a video where they criticize their ideology or the regime itself my whole goal with going to North Korea was getting new 523 00:37:46,869 --> 00:37:51,659 Information that was previously unknown or unaccessible and sharing it with the world 524 00:37:51,670 --> 00:37:54,470 And I've actually succeeded because by going to North Korea. I got new information 525 00:37:55,289 --> 00:37:58,799 pictures and stuff that even normal people or even 526 00:37:58,19 --> 00:38:03,498 Academics didn't previously have access to so it tells us a little bit more about life in North Korea 527 00:38:04,749 --> 00:38:07,649 Please please please don't go to North Korea 528 00:38:07,650 --> 00:38:14,819 There is nothing to be gained by going to North Korea all the tours in North Korea go to the exact same place 529 00:38:14,819 --> 00:38:18,18 They're the exact same and there's nothing new to be gained by actually going through these tours 530 00:38:18,59 --> 00:38:21,288 You're just going on the same thing that everyone else has before 531 00:38:21,289 --> 00:38:25,949 But if you really really do want to experience the North Korean tour 532 00:38:25,960 --> 00:38:30,139 There's plenty of videos on YouTube, which will show you exactly the same thing as you can experience remember 533 00:38:30,140 --> 00:38:32,240 This is a really dangerous country with one in 534 00:38:33,970 --> 00:38:40,490 266 americans being put in labor camps in a particular year otto warmbier is dead there are massive risks and no reward 535 00:38:41,740 --> 00:38:47,579 Don't go to this country. It's as simple as that and that's what fun for Louis should have told you guys listen guys 536 00:38:47,579 --> 00:38:51,538 I need you to do one thing please download this video and save it to your hard drive 537 00:38:51,539 --> 00:38:52,930 I can almost guarantee 538 00:38:52,930 --> 00:38:54,789 This video is going to get taken down 539 00:38:54,789 --> 00:38:58,889 So you have my full permission if it gets taken down to go reupload it anywhere 540 00:38:58,890 --> 00:39:03,410 You want keep this video alive if it gets taken down this video will not be censored remember 541 00:39:03,410 --> 00:39:09,749 I signed a contract which prohibits unauthorized video like this. However it states in that contract 542 00:39:09,749 --> 00:39:14,549 But it's technically only valid in Hong Kong and not in Ireland or anywhere else 543 00:39:14,549 --> 00:39:14,489 I filmed the video 544 00:39:14,489 --> 00:39:19,129 So I really don't think it legally applies at all this video took an incredibly long time 545 00:39:19,470 --> 00:39:25,859 to produce from the idea to traveling to filming to scripting to 546 00:39:25,140 --> 00:39:32,150 commentating to recording video footage to editing that footage and getting it out on YouTube in fact the whole thing from idea to 547 00:39:32,220 --> 00:39:38,849 Final product took over one year now if you think I did the right thing by making this video 548 00:39:38,99 --> 00:39:40,248 Spending my time on it and releasing this new information 549 00:39:41,190 --> 00:39:46,399 Subscribing is what allows and pushes me to release censored information like this now a lot of you 550 00:39:46,400 --> 00:39:48,989 Don't even know that I have a Twitter 551 00:39:48,989 --> 00:39:54,689 And you'd be surprised the amount of crazy stuff that goes on in the background of a video that no one really knows about this 552 00:39:54,690 --> 00:39:59,810 People really should know about so if you do actually use Twitter you Mezger follow me at and vex 553 00:39:59,30 --> 00:40:04,360 V4c because you will learn about all this crazy stuff that goes on in the background. 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