Former US diplomat Bill Richardson told the CBS This Morning show:
The objective of the trip is a private humanitarian visit. We're not representing the US Government.
This is not a Google trip. He's (Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt) interested in foreign policy, he's a friend of mine, and I felt it was important that there be a broader perspective of our visit, with Eric going and some other members of our staff.
There's an American detainee in North Korea, Kenneth Bae. I heard from his son who wants to get him released
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