Google's chairman Eric Schmidt is in North Korea giving rise to not only ire but speculations from Washington. He is the highest-profile U.S. executive to visit the country and is accompanied by Google executive Jared Cohen and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
North Korea is notorious for its restrictive online policies. He is there with an intention of taking a good look around and assessing the country's social media.
Google pulled its search service from mainland China in 2010, relocating it to Hong Kong because it said it could not conform to censorship requirements.
The main criticism behind his visit is the timings. His visit comes only weeks after a controversial North Korean rocket launch; it also has prompted speculation about what the businessman hopes to accomplish.
"We are going to ask about the American who's been detained. A humanitarian private visit." Bill Richardson said referring to Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American tour guide who was detained last year.
However, his openly defiant trip has given rise to speculations on whether he considers himself above the State Department and that in his opinion Google's interests supersede national interests?