Matthew Miller, a 25 year old man arrested and sentenced in North Korea wanted to become the next Snowden. This is according to a senior government official in North Korea.
Miller was arrested and sentenced to 6 years of hard labour in North Korea. He claimed to have crucial information on United States.
Edward Snowden came into the limelight in 2012 when he released details on the atrocities the United States government was causing in many countries. He had intercepted e-mail and mobile communications among many top United States government officials.
Today, Snowden is a celebrity who enjoys a massive following especially among the young people who see him as a hero. Snowden has become synonymous for his intelligence, charisma and his outspokenness. It is likely that hundreds of young people want to be like him. Snowden, who was an intelligence contractor is currently wanted by the United States for leaking important intelligence information.
North Korea, which is led by a dictator claims that Miller wanted to be as famous as Snowden. They claim that he had prepared his story in advance. He had written it in a notebook which was seen by the state media.
Government officials in North Korea stated that Miller deserved the punishment he was handed as the government is not tolerable to such acts of international disobedience.
He was arrested in April when he tore down into pieces the Visa document he used to get into the country which has sanctions from the United States and the European Union for its nuclear programs.
North Korea noted that they will continue to arrest and punish people who had no regard for the country’s leadership. This follows some reckless remarks by United States John Kerry who described the country as a ‘country of evil’.
In February, the United Nations published a report which the government officials in North Korea have shunned. In the report, the organization noted that security officials in the country should be tried and prosecuted for their disregard to human right issues.
According to the state media, Miller had surrendered himself to the police so he can carry out an investigation to the current state of North Korean prisons and human right issues.
The media company also said that Miller wanted to talk to a United States missionary who was arrested and subjected to hard labour in North Korea for what is called ‘crimes against the state’.
Little is known about Miller. Earlier, Reuters reported that he had spent more than one year in the neighbouring South Korea where he had invested a lot of time and money in the creation of the fantasy, Alice in Wonderland. He referred to himself as Preston Somerset.
He did not have very close friends or associates in South Korea. He did not even have a preferred means of transport.
In North Korea, there are 3 American nationals who have been arrested and sentenced to hard labour. Jeffrey Fowle was arrested for reading the bible.
Many see the actions of North Korea as a way of inviting a powerful United States delegation in the country.