The Straits Times
Published on Jan 21, 2013

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


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.