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American Journalists Released from North Korea

American Journalists Released from North Korea

American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been pardoned from all charges by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Former president Bill Clinton returned to high-profile diplomacy and made a special trip to North Korea on Tuesday (August 4) in hopes of having Laura and Euna released.

Clinton offered “words of sincere apology” to Kim Jong Il, who issued a special pardon under North Korea’s “humanitarian and peace-loving policy.”

In June, Laura and Euna were sentenced to 12 years in labor prison by North Korea’s Central Court for “committing hostilities against the Korean nation and illegal entry.”

Laura (pictured right inset) is the sister of Lisa Ling, former co-host of The View. Thanks, Bill!!!

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89 Responses to “American Journalists Released from North Korea”

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  1. 1
    sweetie Says:

    Wow, that is amazing!
    Thank you, Mr. Clinton!

  2. 2
    alex Says:

    This is amazing news

  3. 3
    loma Says:


  4. 4
    HANNAH Says:

    Good for Bill Clinton!!! I’m sure their families are relieved to have them home, safe and healthy. It is nice to know that Kim Jong ll would even consider a pardon and release in this day and time. Those women would not have lived 12 years in a prison like that.

  5. 5
    John Says:

    Oh please, they break the law of a country & then ***** & moan that they get caught & we bow toe to a wretched leader. What’s next a handshake & “I’m sorry” to all the other dictators on the world.

  6. 6
    mika Says:

    that is great. north korea is scaryyy!!

  7. 7
    Sarah Says:

    Have to agree w/ John. Hope they learned their lesson.

    But, I’m happy for their families & the one’s little girl.

  8. 8
    Kara Says:

    John, try decaf. Try meds. Try visualization. Try something that will get you through this Presidency. You can do it! I managed to survive eight (long) years of a certain someone from Texas. You’ll be okay.

  9. 9
    jaxon Says:

    Way to go Bill! I hope those women learned their lesson.

  10. 10
    Mel Says:

    This is fantastic. Kara, you made me snort!

  11. 11
    Jeff Says:

    I’m so glad to hear they’ve been released!!

  12. 12
    olivia Says:

    Jaxon said Way to go Bill! He didnt have to do that and he did it out of the goodness of his heart im very happy. They probably did learn their lesson, i think this was all a mistake and they didnt meant to that but they did accidently and everybody makes mistakes and here the court system sometimes acknowledges those mistakes and lets you go off easy only case i can think off that everybody would know is the Chris Brown case. But over there, there is no clemency and im glad Bill went and got that Evil king/dictator to take off the charges. LOVE BILL

  13. 13
    Al born Says:

    they should learn from their mistakes ..try to sneak into N. Korea again, get an exclusive story… and make lots of money!

  14. 14
    Jen Says:

    thanks, Bill!

  15. 15
    marissa Says:

    Bill to the rescue! love that man :)

  16. 16
    twpumpkin Says:


  17. 17
    lauren Says:

    clinton is the real deal!

  18. 18
    plj Says:

    that’s so great for them and their families!
    john: get a f*cking grip…N Korea is a f*cked up country that has a terrible dictatorship and ridiculous laws! no1 should be given 12 yrs labour for crossing a boarder…accidental or not!

  19. 19
    me Says:

    @twpumpkin: LOL agree. As much as Bill Clinton was an a**hole for personal reasons, he was a good president.

  20. 20
    Megga Says:

    you gotta love Bill! that is wonderful news!

  21. 21
    nat Says:

    @me: I agree. I really wanted Hillary to win. I believe that she was the brain behind his presidency. My personal opinion.

  22. 22
    jj Says:

    This helps the democratic party even more. Good job Clinton

  23. 23
    Oh please!! Says:

    Thanks Bill? More like thanks Kim! Dictator or not, this is something that no leader in the Western world would ever do! Those girls should have respected the western ideals of the rule of law that they preach to the world!

  24. 24
    old lady Says:

    Hurray for Bill Clinton. He was a good president and we never had it so good during his tenure. Thanks JJ for news like this.

  25. 25
    dundies Says:

    John, try decaf.


    HAHAHAHAHAHAHH on another note, this is great news

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