Wednesday, 5 February 2003

A look at Kim Dae-Jung's MasterCard bill

I hacked into MasterCard's global systems* to look at South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung's last few credit card statements. It was a real eye-opener:

  • Two tickets to The Hours: $15.

  • Double-breasted suit, purchased in Hong Kong: $35.

  • Plane fare for last ASEAN summit (first class): $2,600.

  • One Nobel Peace Prize: $1.7 billion.

  • Handing North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il money to buy more weapons to threaten its neighbors: priceless.

Needless to say, Conrad isn't impressed.

* Actually I didn't, but it's a cool conceit for the story, no?