North Korea's Antediluvian Change of Power
BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 19 2011
Reuters notes that North Korea's dearth of mobile phones and Internet connections played a role in the two-day gap between Kim Jong-Il's death and its public announcement:
Few national leaders die these days with no one outside their country knowing about it. For more than 48 hours. Not even a mention on Twitter.
Yet apparently no one, including South Korean intelligence services, was aware that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had died early on Saturday - until his passing was tearfully announced on state television on Monday.
Even news of Osama Bin Laden's death broke first on Twitter — not only thanks to U.S. insider, but because of a Pakistani man wondering on Twitter about the commotion going on near his house.