(LONDON DAILY MAIL) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recalled for young Germans Tuesday when he snuck out of the American embassy in divided postwar Berlin at age 12 for a clandestine bicycle ride into the Soviet-controlled eastern part of the city.

Kerry told the story to a group of young people in a packed Internet cafe in Berlin as he defended U.S. freedom of speech laws, saying that ‘In America, you have a right to be stupid.’

‘I saw the difference between east and west,’ said Kerry, who had lived in Berlin in 1950s with his family and American diplomat father. ‘I saw the people wearing darker clothing. There were fewer cars. I didn’t feel the energy or the movement.’

 

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