Drones drop films, information into N. Korea, activists say

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Oslo, Norway CNN  — 

Stealthy helicopter drones have been delivering SD cards and flash drives to North Korean residents hungry for entertainment and information from the outside, a North Korean defector and activist said Wednesday.

Jung Gwang-il, founder of the group No Chain, said the drones have been delivering the contraband since early 2015.

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The SD cards and USB flash drives contain Western and South Korean films, TV shows, music and internet-free access to Wikipedia – media that will help get outside information to North Koreans, who are kept behind an invisible wall that cuts them off from outside influence.

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Using such drones has long been discussed among North Korean activists, but it’s the first time a group acknowledged that it had been secretly using them to make deliveries to North Korea.

“I put great hope in these sticks,” said Jung, holding up a USB flash drive as he spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum on Wednesday. “I believe this has power to bring freedom to my country.”