It began when an unknown man from Denmark approached me with a proposition.
This is him in his tiny apartment in the outskirts of Copenhagen.
If this was a piece of fiction,
no-one would believe that he would be meeting
with North Korean arms dealers in Africa...
You can walk in here no problem.
...Or going to the North Korean embassy in Sweden
to pick up secret documents.
If something happened, embassy does know nothing about this.
But this is no fiction.
Everything you are about to see is real,
and has been going on for more than ten years.
This is him aged 14, somewhere in Denmark.
He is celebrating his birthday.
Among the guests are children who grew up
in the communist dictatorship East Germany.
Many years later, as a grown man, he will claim that
be friending these kids and learning about the horrors
of a totalitarian regime made him decide to infiltrate and expose
the most brutal dictatorship of all...
It's a nice explanation, if true, but exactly why he chose to place himself
in mortal danger is also beside the point.
What only matters here is that he is a mole.
In the end, I had to hire an expert to help me sort it out.
Annie Machon is a contentious figure in the intelligence world,
but this does not concern me.
I am only interested in her skills in debriefing agents.
So, Annie, the mole arrived last night?
And soon he's ready for you?
Do you have concerns?
Maybe... we should discuss that after you have met the mole.
Hi, Ulrich. I'm Annie.
- Hi, Annie. Nice to meet you. - Nice to meet you, too.
I used to work for the British Security Service,
otherwise known as MI5, and part of my job as an intelligence officer
was to debrief agents.
So the film team has asked me in to debrief you
about your life over the last ten years.
Can you tell me a little bit more about him? His background?
You know, if he would rob a bank,
you would not be able to describe him.
- He blends in. - He blends in.
So, how did you get interested in North Korea?
Oh, it's a long story.
It is a long story, so I will speed it up.
Back in 2006, as a journalist from Denmark, I went to North Korea
and shot a documentary called The Red Chapel.
The regime in Pyongyang really hated my film,
and because of that, I can never travel back to North Korea.
Seen from a western point of view, the film has its moments,
but it does not offer up the smoking gun,
the irrefutable proof that North Korea is an evil
and criminal enterprise.
Ever since, I have been on a quest to prove these points,
yet being forever banned from the Chamber of Secrets.
But back in Denmark, the man who I prefer to call the mole saw my film,
and somehow it gave him the idea that he could travel
to North Korea in my place.
Why not? Just go, and...
...wrote an e-mail to Mads.
Approximately ten years ago, out of nowhere, he wrote and asked
if I would be interested in doing a film about him
infiltrating the Danish North Korean Friendship Association.
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So-- I mean, what happened?
Can you talk me through exactly the first steps you took in this,
and the sort of thought process you were going through?
- You mean with the Korean Friendship...? - Yes.
I found the Danish Friendship Association, and the chairman, Anders Kristensen.
He invited me to the first public meeting three weeks later.
And he was the only person in the room when I came up, -
- trying to put up a North Korean flag.
And I went like I normally do, go and say hello, shake hands.
I had such a... You know, very...
It was not even a handshake, it was very like the hands slipped away.
OK, is this a man or...?
- A jellyfish? - Yes.
He was quite fast to tell people that this is a new member.
North Korea yesterday at 11:57 local time carried out their third nuclear bomb test.
The blast was significantly more powerful than -
- the previous tests from 2006 and 2009.
I told him it could be of interest if it would evolve to something
of international importance,
because the Danish North Korean Friendship Association in itself
is a fairly depressing group of people.
He said, "Please keep me posted if it's interesting,"
and I was like, "Okay."
I also told him, "I will never be able to pay you any money,"
so that is not of importance for him,
and then he just kept on going.
The mole went down the rabbit hole and discovered a bizarre world
of Danish senior citizens who are true friends of North Korea.
Slowly but surely, the mole advanced in the hierarchy
and became a member of the board,
working under chairman Anders Kristensen,
a die-hard communist.
Here you have him back in his heyday, meeting with
the founder of North Korea, Eternal President Kim Il-sung,
grandfather of the current ruler, Kim Jong-un.
You can hang it up now.
All the time, the mole was filming, the excuse being that he was
making movies for YouTube about his work as a board member.
So, how did things progress for you once you were a member,
and on the board?
Well, my biggest wish was to visit North Korea, of course, -
- and to come there, you need to be a part of an Association.
Ulrich, who is filming, is a member of the board.
He is making a film about the association's work.
He will also join our trip to Korea, where we will travel in about one week.
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When we arrive, we take a group picture there.
For the newspaper.
- Is it clear? - Yeah.
The mole went to North Korea,
and the North Koreans took a liking to him.
His main contact person in North Korea was a man named Kang,
who works for the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
- Everything under control? - Yeah, yeah.
Always in Korea, everything is in control.
Kang is a key person in this tale of deceit and intrigue.
We trust you and we really treat you as friends.
- Yes. - But...