View Full Version : North Korea says surveillance leaks prove U.S. is "kingpin" of rights abuse

06-18-2013, 02:27 AM
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea rushed to the defense of American civil liberties on Tuesday, saying revelations of mass surveillance operations showed the United States was the "kingpin" of rights abuse.

Rights groups and defectors have long accused the North, one of the world's most closed societies, of totalitarian practices. These include brutal suppression of dissent, the operation of a prison camp network holding some 200,000 inmates and a "military-first" policy that has led to periodic famines.

A commentary in the state newspaper Minju Joson said allegations of monitoring of telephones and emails by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden meant Americans and foreigners alike had been "subject to the espionage that has been applied indiscriminately by the U.S. intelligence institution".

"...This clearly proves once again the U.S. is a kingpin of human rights abuses as it puts the world under its watch network and has conducted espionage against mankind," said the commentary, cited by the official KCNA news agency.

"Each individual is entitled to live and develop with dignity as a social being," it said. "But in American society, where the jungle law prevails, only the strong men's rights over the weak men are recognized."

It said that explanations by U.S. officials that the programs sought to prevent terrorism were "just a lame excuse to cover up (the) crime".



If you want to live in a surveillance state... move to north Korea.

06-18-2013, 02:30 AM
So North Korea is now the champion of civil liberties?

Nice try North Korea.

06-18-2013, 04:01 AM
So North Korea is now the champion of civil liberties?

Nice try North Korea.

Yeah I don't completely believe them either. On the other hand though, check this out;

The growth, sale and consumption of cannabis is not regulated by the North Korean government or classified as a drug.[78][79] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_cannabis_by_country)

Lets just say they have their civil rights in portions, really weird portions. By the way, can someone who calls cannabis a 'freedom inducing drug' explain to me how NK is the least free country in the world but has no laws on pot at all ?