This paper condenses findings which appear in my second book. In Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Rights Abuses on the Record (Columbia University Press, 2019), part of the book forensically examines North Korea’s state media, as it pertains to the topic of human rights, uploaded to the internet. In examining this online material it is evident that the state disseminates deceptive messaging on human rights via savvy techniques, evocative of the Chinese Communist Party and Putin’s Russia, to deny and cast doubt on the international community’s allegations of rights abuses. This video material is available internationally, but also shared within North Korea via the state. What interpretation locals might bring to this material is not under examination in this paper. Rather, I turn to the video footage as an artifact and study it for evidence of rights abuses. By applying forensic analysis to the audiovisual footage, and linguistic analysis to the narrative messaging, I trace the heavy hand of the state in editing and message construction. I weasel out truths, evidence of deliberate deception, from within their denial production. This is like lifting a fingerprint of evidence from a tool of abuse.