Australian Student Detained, Deported by N. Korea Breaks Silence

An Australian student detained and later deported by North Korea has broken his silence on Twitter.Alek Sigley, a 29-year-old studying Korean literature in the capital of Pyongyang, was detained Tuesday by North Korea. The country claimed that Sigley had spied and spread anti-state propaganda by providing photos and other information to critical news organizations. Sigley had written about his experiences in North Korea on his blog and for numerous media outlets, including a series of six articles for NK News, an American media company covering the notoriously secretive country.On Twitter, Sigley dismissed the accusation of spying, writing, "The allegation that I am a spy is (pretty obviously) false."1. The allegation that I am a spy is (pretty obviously) false. The only material I gave to NK News was what was published publicly on the blog, and the same goes for other media outlets. In this respect, I stand by the NK News statement:— Alek Sigley (@AlekSigley) July 9, 2019An NK News statement maintained that Sigley's articles had been for informational rather than political purposes. "Alek Sigley's well-read columns presented an apolitical and insightful view of life in Pyongyang which we published in a bid to show vignettes of ordinary daily life in the capital to our readers," reads the statement, published Saturday.After his deportation last week Thursday, Sigley arrived at the Australian embassy in Beijing and has since joined his wife in Tokyo, according to NK News. On Twitter, he thanked the Australian prime minister and Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Swedish special envoy to North Korea, who traveled to the country last week. Sweden negotiated Sigley's release, as Australia doesn't have an embassy in Pyongyang."I loved being a student at Kim Il Sung University with all my heart," Sigley wrote on Twitter, expressing disappointment at being unable to... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Australian Student Detained, Deported by N. Korea Breaks Silence, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Australian Student Detained, Deported by N. Korea Breaks Silence





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