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Laura Ling, Euna Lee Return Home To U.S.

Laura Ling, Euna Lee Return Home To U.S.

American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling arrive back to their families after being released by North Korean authorities yesterday.

“Thirty hours ago,” Laura said at a California airplane hangar. “Euna Lee and I were prisoners in North Korea. We feared that at any moment we would end up in a hard-labor camp. Then we were told that we were going to a meeting. We were taken to a location, and when we walked thought the doors, we saw standing before us President Bill Clinton. We were shocked, but we knew that the nightmare of our lives would soon be over.”

Laura and Euna, of San Francisco based Current TV, were both arrested by North Korea in March for illegally entering the country on the Chinese border and in June, were sentenced to 12 years in prison. Yesterday, they were pardoned by President Kim Jong-Il after a meeting with former President Bill Clinton.

Pictured below: Laura (sister of Lisa Ling, former co-host of The View) with husband Iain Clayton and Euna with her husband Michael Soldate and their daughter Hannah, 4.

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126 Comments

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# 1

Bill make like a BJ from someone other than his wife, but the dude has diplomatic mad skillz.

# 2

Great to see these ladies reunited with their families!
Thank you, Mr. Clinton!

# 3

As far as I´m concerned they don´t deserve any compassion. North Korea isn´t a place you just walk in that easily.

And they sure as hell must have known.

——————Stay away next time—————————————

(Still- good thing they got released)

# 4
wed mother @ 08/05/2009 at 11:42 am

While I’m very glad the two women are home, I am angry at them for their carelessness which put our entire nation into jeopardy and forced this humiliating diplomatic intervention by former Pres. Clinton.

Their actions gave the mad dictator of North Korea just what he’d wanted, international attention and a groveling America, begging at his feet.

Nice work ladies.

# 5

Glad they are home. BUT when will these journalists and adventure seekers learn that not all countries are lax in border crossings like Europe or the US? Now there are three people in an Iranian jail for the same offense. Duh, people, crossing borders into countries with military regimes isn’t exactly smart!

# 6

That image of Euna when she first sees her daughter’s face is heartbreaking. Keeping politics aside, I’m happy they are safe and home with their families.

# 7

Too bad some of hte past jouranlists did not have the same happy ending

# 8

what a responsible mother to jeapordize her safety in a country like North Korea when she has a girl that young. She could have very well not seen her mother until she’s like 16 or so!

and @ dani… they probably knew, (come on… these are reporters) but thought that they could outsmart the Korean border control and thought the story was worth it!

# 9

Glad they are home, congratulations to Bill Clinton, but what was the point. Journalist don’t “report” anything, so why bother with all this. How much did it cost to get these women back and we have three more in Iran.

If were gonna throw granma and granpa under the bus I don’t see why we bother with useless journalist!

send algore the bill!!!!!

It still isn’t clear whether those women had actually crossed the border into N. Korea or if they were snatched from across the border (meaning they were still on Chinese soil) to be used by the N. Korean government as political pawns. Glad they are home with their families.

This is what diplomacy looks like.

President Obama, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. All working together for the greater good of these two women. Well done. Its nice to see cooler heads working for us again!

I’m glad they are home with their family n friends.

JENNIFER TANABE @ 08/05/2009 at 12:01 pm

TOO BAD THAT LAURA LING WILL ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN AS LISA’S
SISTER…IT IS SAD WHEN A FORMER PRESIDENT CAN GET THESE
WOMAN HOME BUT THE PRESENT ONE DOES NOTHING…BUT TALK AFTER THEY COME HOME.. OBAMA DOES NOTHING BUT THE
FRIENDSHIP THAT GORE AND CLINTON AND THAT HE IS WELL LIKED AROUND THE WORLD..

I agree with some that the two women were careless. But that doesn’t mean they had to stay at a North Korean labor camp for 12 years! Its just like how the White House negotiated the release of that American woman who was held captive in Iran and charged with being a spy. Total b.s. Right now we have 3 Americans held captive in Iran. Iran is in ways, more hostile to the U.S. so it will be interesting if we can get those 3 hikers home. All and all. A good day for diplomacy.

Someone tell Republicans that diplomacy is a tool to strengthen not weaken. Good day for the White House. Well done to The Clintons, Al Gore and President Obama for making this possible.

@JENNIFER TANABE:

You’re an idiot. Who do you think was behind the scenes on this? Yep, it was President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You don’t read newspapers do you?

Bill saved the day, but these two women should be ashamed of themselves. They put a strain on our already poor relations with the DPRK.

Obama did nothing. He is very useless.

@Rhonda:

Since you don’t follow the news. You should be glad to hear that a movie producer payed for the entire trip and the plane. So no tax payers money was used. Chill out.

I am so happy for them and their families but i second most of what

was said here so far and thats ….journalists everywhere please don’t

be so stupid by playing superman and thinking you can get away with

tresspassing and illegally obtaining information from dictatorial

countries without any repercussions…..because it’s just asking for

death wish……just plain a simple…..use the education you were given

and be smart thats all…….

The Obama administration played an integral role in all this and carefully negotiated for their release. That is why these women were released the same day Bill Clinton came, becuase the deal was already done. The would never send a former President to do this without any guarantees. So all those Obama haters will have to swallow their bitter partisanship for just a minute. This is a good thing.

@16:

Keep dreaming hater. The whole reason they were released was becuase of the efforts of President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Something like this happened when Clinton was President and they sent former President Jimmy Carter to North Korea. So this time they sent Bill. No way would a sitting President go into North Korea. Its still a very hostile nation.

Good work on the Clintons, Obama and Al Gore.

Whatever the real facts are regarding the border crossing, these images are very sweet and made me cry. Bill Clinton is just simply THE MAN! Whatever his human flaws may be, his strengths and virtues amaze me.

Wonderful news.

My only beef is – of course, they’d send their thanks out to Obama and Clinton….but what about the North Korean people who protested and supported their release? Where are their thank you’s?!….

For the love of God, having these two women in their homeland regardless of how they were brought home is priceless. Seeing that mother and daughter reunion brought tears to my eyes.

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