Defector: Kim Jong-il called ‘crazy’

Policy disagreements unleash open criticism of ‘Dear Leader’

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Lee Min-bok, another prominent defector, agreed that change is afoot in the North.

“People no longer do what they are told because they perceive the government propaganda as lies. And when they are told to do something, they refuse to do it,” he said.

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Ben Birnbaum

Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.

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