Alek Sigley founder of the small, and assuringly now defunct Tongil Tours is to release a book about his 9 whole days arrested in Pyongyang.
Sigley, who has remained rather quiet since getting arrested on June 25th 2019, is now back with a whimper rather than a bang talking about the “nine hellish days” he spent in custody in a new article with the Guardian. This is the same newspaper where he famously promoted himself as the “Only Australian Living in Pyongyang”.
In the article (link) he talks about how the arrest occurred, alludes to violence (he was, get this, tripped over), and then summarizes by essentially promoting a book he is intending to write about being a student at Kim Il Sung University.
Of course no one knows exactly what happened with regards to his arrest, and the 9 “hellish” days he spent in custody, but we do know a bit about his life before this.
Mr Sigley was vocal about being the founder of Tongil (reunification) tours, who according to a source with knowledge on the matter took less than 50 people per year into the country, making it a rather small player on the grand scale of things. Taking so few people into the country did not stop him being quite opinionated when it came to major events in the country, such as the Otto Warmbier incident.
Alek Sigley, director of Tongil Tours based totally in Canberra, Australia, said his business enterprise distributes a studying listing with instructional and non-academic substances, in addition to organizing in-individual and on-line seminars. Sigley mentioned that different corporations might not be as thorough.
“Lamentably, a number of our competitors do know not [prepare tourists],” Sigley stated in an email announcement. “As a way as I am conscious only a few of them inspire their tourists to examine up on North Korea, or arrange seminars or something comparable.”
In summary, his guests didn’t get arrested because he educated them better than other companies did. Fate it would appear is not without a sense of irony.
At the time of his arrest, he was regularly blogging, writing for news publications, and generally saying how great, and free his life in Pyongyang was. Now of course that has all changed.
No one quite knows what we can expect from this book, but it is safe to assume that despite his former praise of living in Pyongyang that narrative will now change, and his 9 days whole days in captivity are likely to be “sexed up” a bit.
After all, when did truth sell books?