HRNK seems to have gotten its hands on imagery of Camp 22 without the restrictive end-user license terms that came with the imagery I’d analyzed here. Now, you can examine it for yourself at HRNK’s site and compare it to Google Earth imagery on your own. If you spot something, say it in the comments.
For what it’s worth, I see at least one change at Camp 22 that’s significant enough to be worth continued watching, to see what other changes emerge. The Daily NK continues to work its sources and develop leads. Who knows what they might help us spot? In the end, however, the thing I can’t reconcile with the reports of Camp 22’s closure is the crops. If either report is true, who planted and tended them all year?
See also: Evan Ramstad at the Korea Real Time blog.
UPDATE: The Daily NK reports that the area is now being farmed by “low class families” from nearby counties, but this still doesn’t explain how the crops were planted at a time when the camp was being emptied of its last prisoners. Here, again, is the Daily NK’s original report:
“At the start of March they started transferring the sick and malnourished, and then in April they moved all the healthiest ones,” he explained, adding that the camp officers and then their families moved in May, and that the camp was completely empty by the start of June.
So who planted those crops?