Dennis Rodman, Frequent Visitor to North Korea, Is Back

In The News Piece in The New York Times
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June 13, 2017

Suzanne DiMaggio was quoted in The New York Times on Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea:

The former N.B.A. star Dennis Rodman has been one of the United States’ most unlikely links to North Korea, traveling repeatedly to the authoritarian state and gaining rare access to its leadership.

Now he is back, though no details have emerged of what he plans to do there. Mr. Rodman’s visit coincided with the surprise release of Otto F. Warmbier, an American college student who had been held prisoner in North Korea for more than a year. Mr. Warmbier, 23, was sentenced to a 15-year prison term for trying to steal a propaganda poster in January 2016.

Some analysts speculated that Mr. Rodman may even be carrying a message from President Trump, who had previously praised his efforts to engage North Korea.

Suzanne DiMaggio, a director and senior fellow at the New America think tank who had been involved in unofficial talks with North Korea, said on Twitter that there was a “high probability” of communication between the Trump administration and Mr. Rodman.