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Saturday, September 10, 2016

News on David Sneddon: Former Missionary May Have Paid a Heavy Price for Fluency in Korean

There's a downside to the gift of tongues, which is often alluded to in describing the ability of many missionaries to pick up a foreign language quickly. In one former missionary's case, that fluency may have led to his abduction and forced residence in North Korea. With your help, we may be able to reveal the truth and, if he is being held there, give him a chance to come home or at least contact his family.

Elder David Sneddon as a Mormon Missionary
at the MTC, before leaving to South Korea.
Twelve years ago, a Brigham Young University student, David Sneddon, was hiking in China's Yunnan Province and simply disappeared. As reported in the Deseret News, a Japanese news source confirms what David's family has long suspected: that David was abducted by North Korean agents, possibly to take advantage of his fluent Korean skills so that he could teach English to important people in North Korea. He is allegedly married now.

David's family has created a website, HelpFindDavid.com, to share what they have learned and to solicit your help.

A CNN report says that if true, this would be "one of the most astonishing stories to ever emerge from North Korea." Unfortunately, CNN seems to be overlooking that there are hundreds of similar reports and some completely verified cases in which abducted citizens were actually released by the North Korean government. Thus, I fail to see why this would be particularly astonishing, but the Western media doesn't do much actual reporting, reading, or anything approaching journalism anymore. Just the evidence of North Korean abduction of Japanese citizens, as detailed on Wikipedia's page, "North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens," should establish an important part of track record for North Korea.

It's an ugly aspect of that regime that, like other human trafficking crimes around the world, doesn't get nearly enough attention from the media, which generally is too busy trying to manipulate your vote and drive your consuming behavior rather than digging into the truth. (OK, that's an unfair over-simplification of what the media does. To be fair, I should have mentioned that they do provide a lot of coverage on celebrities and what they wear, or don't wear.)

My hope is that China will intervene and help David's family reach David and allow him to at least visit them again. Perhaps some key players over here will be able to make a difference in this matter. But go to HelpFindDavid.com to learn more about what you can do, wherever you, to help.

5 comments:

Hiser said...

Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention, Jeff. I know you're personally in a tight spot, and your candor in this matter takes courage and is appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious about the source of the information that David Sneddon was abducted? Were there eye witnesses of David in North Korea? So far what I have read seems to be mainly speculation albeit credible speculation.

Steve

Anonymous said...

I think I answered my own question. Here is an interesting article:

http://www.outsideonline.com/1923586/did-north-korea-kidnap-american-hiker

Steve

Jeff Lindsay said...

One does need to be respectful about China when over here, yes. There is a bit more Internet censorship here than you face in the US, but that could change soon, now that the Obama Administration has chosen to hand over the Internet into the hands of foreign powers where censorship may become a bigger factor in your lives. See http://www.wsj.com/articles/congress-can-save-the-internet-1473630838. If you folks don't speak out, the Internet as you know it will begin to be history starting Oct. 1. Now I'm not necessarily saying that having China and other advanced nations kindly guiding your Internet experience is a bad thing--it works fine for millions over here, as far as they know--but some of you folks might object, while you still can.

JR said...

Since the mainstream media is owned by globalist Communists, Obama the hard core Communist Muslim, did this illegal act to further destroy our freedoms. He is desperate to shut down independent Internet sites that report truth. Even Clinton said that when she is president she will shut down all conservative sites.

The Pravda media does not report this type of news. So many people have no clue this is happening. Like hard core Communist Hillary Clinton said, it is important to keep the people ignorant. Classic Communist saying.

And it is very disturbing that so called Mormons are going to vote for Communist Clinton, and actually support her Communist agenda.

The Mormon church has failed to warn and keep its members educated about the dangers of Communism.