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Google chief's daughter writes account of 'very strange' North Korea visit

Published on Jan 21, 2013 3:09 PM
 
This file picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Jan 8 shows former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson (second right) and US Internet giant Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt (rear centre) visiting the E-library at the computer centre at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang. The teenage daughter of Google chairman Eric Schmidt has shed some light on her father's secretive trip to North Korea, writing a first-hand account of the visit to a "very, very strange" country. Ms Sophie Schmidt, 19, had accompanied her father on the visit as part of a delegation led by Mrl Richardson, the former US ambassador to the United Nations. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - The teenage daughter of Google chairman Eric Schmidt has shed some light on her father's secretive trip to North Korea, writing a first-hand account of the visit to a "very, very strange" country.

In a blog posting at the weekend entitled "It might not get weirder than this", Ms Sophie Schmidt provided a candid take on the controversial three-day trip earlier this month that was criticised by the US government.

Ms Schmidt, 19, had accompanied her father on the visit as part of a delegation led by Mr Bill Richardson, the former US ambassador to the United Nations.

On their return, the two men answered a few questions about the nature of the visit, but Ms Sophie Schmidt's informal account was in many ways far more revealing.

 
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