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North Korea Pardons Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee

North Korea has pardoned American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who might return to the US with former president Bill Clinton tonight. Clinton arrived in North Korea earlier today to negotiate the release of the American journalists. He met with the country's communist leader Kim Jong Il.

The journalists, who were reporting along the Chinese-North Korean border, had been convicted of crimes against the nation and sentenced to 12 years hard labor. North Korea had made two demands if they were to be released — First, an apology, which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a few weeks ago. And second, a visit from a high-profile emissary, which Mr. Clinton fulfilled today. So, if you ever get stuck in a North Korean jail, you can hope that the Clintons will bail you out. I'm sure the families of Ling and Lee are very happy to hear this news.

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mermei mermei 7 years
"Well North Korea couldn't have picked them up if they weren't in North Korea or at least very close to the border." You've got to be joking. Sure they would have - have you not heard of the utter lunacy of Kim Jong Il? He does whatever he damn well pleases (some recent missile launches spring to mind), and he clearly wanted a bargaining chip. They could have been squarely in Chinese territory filming North Korea refugees, and I have no doubt troops would have crossed the border to get them to stop.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
So wonderful! So relieved for all involved
Sarana Sarana 7 years
Well North Korea couldn't have picked them up if they weren't in North Korea or at least very close to the border. These women made a choice to take a risk and it landed them in a North Korean prison. They look like they have been treated ok though and it's great that they are able to go home now.
mermei mermei 7 years
It's great news for the women and their families, but man, it sucks to have to give in to such a classic blackmail ploy. Kim wanted his public recognition and high level talks with a US official, and all he had to do is drum up some false charges against two Americans to get them. I wouldn't be surprised if it comes out now that the two really were still in China when they were arrested.
pollypocket311 pollypocket311 7 years
what wonderful news!!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
ROFL Mamasita!! Glad they got these two journalists out safely. Yay! Good job for the Clintons :) Now about those stupid hikers in Iran. . .
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
mamasita LMAO!!! I'm just so happy to learn this news. :D I was worried that these two have fallen through the cracks after no report for like months. I thought Al Gore would've gone himself, but hey, I'm glad Clinton went.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
Great news!!! I'm so happy for them & their families!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
Hilary sent Bill in to do what he does best - pick up women. ZING :) congrats and I'm so happy that these two can come home
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
I wonder if the Clintons would have stepped in for any other journalists. Laura and Euna are with Current, which is Al Gore's baby
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Yay, for the Clintons! Those two journalists should thank their lucky stars.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Excellent news!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Go Bubba!
janneth janneth 7 years
Hurray, Bill. Hurray, Hillary. I guess Ling and Lee will start writing a book about this asap.
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 7 years
Wow!!! That's great news.
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