Defectors now living outside the communist regime of North Korea have said the nation’s handle on intelligence is weakening, per Washington Free Beacon.
Sources say North Korea’s “censorship efforts are showing signs of wear amid increased penetration and discontent.”
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“Things have changed within two to five years, information has gone into North Korea and has changed the mindset of the people,” Choi told the Washington Free Beacon through an interpreter. “You now have an entirely different generation in North Korea made up of people who are exposed to outside information when they are really young.”
Choi described an incident in January where several passengers on a train traveling from the northern city of Hyesan to the capital of Pyongyang stood up to State Security Bureau agents who were harassing a mother and child for failing to possess the proper travel documents.
Such defiance was inconceivable just a few years ago, he said. North Koreans who challenge regime authorities often face severe punishment, including imprisonment, under political resistance laws.
Choi went so far as to note that often the first signs of a threatened dictatorship come when civilians begin to challenge authority.