Bill Richardson Wore a Scarf During Every Second of His North Korea Trip

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There are two conclusions one could draw from Bill Richardson's visit (with Google executive Eric Schmidt) to North Korea this week: Either North Korea is very cold — all the time, even indoors — or a small listening device was attached to Richardson's neck, for some reason, throughout the trip. Because, as the photographic evidence shows, the former U.N. diplomat and New Mexico governor was wearing a scarf (contrary to BetaBeat, we do not believe it to be a cravat) for literally every second of his time in North Korean territory.

Here is Richardson in Beijing as he prepares to board a flight to Pyongyang on Monday, wearing a scarf:

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson arrives at Beijing airport as a member of an US delegation, ahead of their departure for North Korea's capital Pyongyang, in Beijing, China, 07 January 2013. Richardson, who was accompanied by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and others, made clear that the visit to North Korea has nothing to do with the US government and that he is not representing Washington. Photo: EPA/YONHAP/Corbis

Here he is arriving at the Pyongyang airport, still wearing a scarf:

Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, third from left, and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, second from right, watch as a North Korean student surfs the Internet at a computer lab during a tour of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Schmidt is the highest-profile U.S. executive to visit North Korea - a country with notoriously restrictive online policies - since young leader Kim Jong Un took power a year ago. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) Photo: David Guttenfelder/AP/Corbis

On Tuesday, Richardson toured a Kim Il Sung Univeristy computer lab while wearing a scarf. Schmidt is also wearing a scarf. His neck may be bugged as well, or he could just also be cold.

Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, third from left, and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, second from right, watch as a North Korean student surfs the Internet at a computer lab during a tour of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Schmidt is the highest-profile U.S. executive to visit North Korea - a country with notoriously restrictive online policies - since young leader Kim Jong Un took power a year ago. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) Photo: David Guttenfelder/AP/Corbis

Richardson and Schmidt continued wearing their scarfs in an "electronic library reading" room:

09 Jan 2013, Pyongyang, North Korea --- (130109) -- PYONGYANG, Jan. 9, 2013 (Xinhua) -- Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (C) and Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (2nd R) visit an electronic library reading room at the Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Jan. 8, 2012. A U.S. delegation including Richardson and Schmidt visited North Korea's top university Tuesday and saw students using the Internet with desktop computers. The nine-member delegation arrived in Pyongyang on Monday for a private humanitarian visit to DPRK. (Xinhua/Du Baiyu) --- Image by © Du Baiyu/Xinhua Press/Corbis Photo: Du Baiyu/AP/Corbis

The next day, Richardson experienced what it's like to wear 3-D glasses and a scarf at the same time:

Former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, center, tries on 3-D glasses as he looks at North Korean-developed computer technology during a tour of the Korean Computer Center with Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, left, in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) Photo: David Guttenfelder/AP/Corbis

While still wearing a scarf, he observed Schmidt listlessly flipping through a textbook:

Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, second from left, and former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, second from right, look through an information technology text book at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. At left is director of Google Ideas think tank, Jared Cohen. The textbook is titled "Aries Net+ Certified Technician First Edition Version 3.0. " (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) Photo: David Guttenfelder/AP/Corbis

Richardson wore the scarf outside, which is reasonable:

Former New Mexico Bill Richardson stands on a balcony at the Grand Peoples Study House overlooking Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Richardson said Wednesday that his delegation is pressing North Korea to put a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests and to allow more cell phones and an open Internet for its citizens. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) Photo: David Guttenfelder/AP/Corbis

Richardson wears a scarf while standing in the Grand Peoples Study House among a group of North Koreans who are all wearing winter coats. One point for the "Richardson isn't a spy, it's just always cold in North Korea" theory:

Former New Mexico Bill Richardson, back row center, watches North Koreans working on computers at the Grand Peoples Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Richardson and Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, toured the facility. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) Photo: David Guttenfelder/AP/Corbis

As he arrives at the Pyongyang airport on Thursday morning, Richardson remains fully scarfed:

Former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson is surrounded by journalists as he walks into the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea as he and Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, not seen, depart for Beijing on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) Photo: David Guttenfelder/AP/Corbis

Back in Beijing, Richardson disembarks while still wearing a scarf:

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, left, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richards walk out an entrance after they arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport from Pyongyang, in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Schmidt is urging North Korea to shed its self-imposed isolation and allow its citizens to use the Internet or risk being left behind economically. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) Photo: Alexander F. Yuan/AP/Corbis

Finally, before briefing reporters at the airport, Richardson removes his scarf for the first time in nearly three days:

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, left, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richards, right, brief journalists after they arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport from Pyongyang, in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Schmidt is urging North Korea to shed its self-imposed isolation and allow its citizens to use the Internet or risk being left behind economically. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) Photo: Alexander F. Yuan/AP/Corbis