HOW TO SMUGGLE FRIENDS INTO NORTH KOREA
The Hermit Kingdom may have outlawed digital contraband like western movies and TV shows, but information activists have found plenty of ways to get data into the country.
Stash USB sticks and SD cards in Chinese cargo trucks that legally haul supplies across the Chinese/ North Korean border.
Crawl under a border fence, walk into the Tumen River, and throw tyres strapped with packages of USB drives toward the opposite bank. Hope that a lucky passer-by picks up the digital loot and sells or shares it.
Launch balloons with a timer and chemical fuse set to release political pamphlets, dollars, and USB drives once they’re over the border.
Pass material from tourist boats to North Korean fishermen who are sympathetic to the cause, disguising the transaction as an innocent purchase of the day’s catch.
Arrange a meet up via walkie-talkie on the banks of the Tumen River. Bribe border guards on both sides liberally. The smuggler wades or swims across to grab the goods.
Throw a rock tied to the end of a rope across the river. Smugglers on the opposite side then reel in a plastic-wrapped bucket of contraband.