David Sneddon is a U.S. citizen and university student who went missing while touring China a dozen years ago. When Chinese police and the U.S. Embassy could not find him, China theorized that David fell to his death in Tiger Leaping Gorge. This theory was disproved when David’s father and two of his brothers went to China and re-traced his footsteps. They documented a dozen eyewitnesses who saw and interacted with David before he disappeared more than 70 miles beyond the gorge, after traversing it safely.
Chinese and U.S. joint investigations were ultimately deemed “inconclusive.” David remains the only American to disappear in China without an explanation since the 70’s. His passport and bank account remain unused and untouched. He was nowhere to be found in local tourist establishments or hospitals; police confirmed he was not a crime victim; his airline tickets went unused and his backpack unclaimed. He just disappeared.
In the past five years, David’s case has re-emerged with a highly-plausible explanation for
his disappearance: respected experts on North Korea and Asian Affairs have stated it is
most likely that David was abducted by the government of North Korea due to his
linguistic talents. David was fluent in Korean and skilled in Mandarin Chinese. He may
have been mistaken for an operative on the Asian Underground Railroad that provides
safe passage for North Korean refugees through China. North Korean agents are known
to operate with China’s permission to repatriate refugees in the area David disappeared.
David’s case fits a pattern of abduction familiar to experts who’ve studied North Korea for
decades, including former 20-year Pentagon guru Chuck Downs, veteran Wall Street
Journal reporter Melanie Kirkpatrick, and leading Japanese experts who maintain the
world’s best intelligence on North Korea’s abductions of foreigners.
Members of the U.S. Congress have introduced a joint resolution (S. Con. Res. 30/H. Con.
Res. 114) to urge investigation of David’s likely captivity by North Korea. High-profile
cosponsors include recent Presidential contender Senator Marco Rubio, Senate East Asia
Subcommittee Chairman Cory Gardner, House Government Reform Committee
Chairman Jason Chaffetz, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch.
The resolution directs the U.S. intelligence community to investigate David’s likely
captivity in North Korea in partnership with the U.S. State Department. U.S. officials
have yet to conduct a thorough, coordinated investigation into David’s likely captivity, or
to speak in detail with experts on David’s case. David’s likely situation should be alarming
to every American. North Korea’s admitted official state policy is to kidnap citizens of
foreign nations to serve as language trainers for its espionage program.
The North Korea Freedom Coalition is currently petitioning the U.S. Congress to pass this resolution to help bring David back home to the United States. House Chairmen have
stated that 25 total cosponsors, including 10 Foreign Affairs Committee members, are
necessary to bring David’s resolution to a majority vote under suspension of the rules.
Only five more cosponsors and three committee members are needed to reach this goal.
Please urge your Member of Congress to become a cosponsor today in order to help David!