North Korea Expels Australian Student For Spying

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An Australian student Alek Sigley, 29, who was detained in North Korea, departs from Beijing to Japan, at the Beijing international airport, China, July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Reuters: North Korea says freed Australian student had been spying: KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s state news agency said on Saturday an Australian student who was expelled from the country after 10 days’ detention had committed “spying acts” through his work with foreign media.

Alek Sigley, who had been held in North Korea since June 25, was an active social media user and also a regular contributor to international media organizations including NK News about his time in North Korea.

“Investigation revealed that at the instigation of the NK News and other anti-DPRK media he handed over several times the data and photos he collected and analyzed while combing Pyongyang by making use of the identity card of a foreign student,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

His latest post, uploaded on April 30, describes his dining experiences in Pyongyang, according to the NK News website.

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WNU Editor: He is lucky that North Korea kicked him out.