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North Korea Detainees Update!

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Lisa Ling, the sister of one of the two US reporters jailed in North Korea, received a phone call on Tueday that allowed her the smallest bit of relief in this tragic circumstance.

"It was a tremendous relief to hear Laura's voice last night," said the journalist regarding a call from her sister Laura. "It was only the first time I have heard her voice in weeks. That silence has been just so terrifying and deafening."

Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced by North Korean courts to 12 years of "reform through labor" for illegal border crossing.

Lisa said that Laura "was very specific about the message she was communicating and she said, 'look, we violated North Korean law and we need our government to help us. We're sorry about everything that happened but now we need diplomacy."

Since no one has physically seen Laura or Euna, it is difficult to tell how they are holding up in prison.

US officials - led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - have appealed for clemency on humanitarian grounds and asked that the case not be linked to the ongoing nuclear standoff.

Our thoughts are with them!

[Image via AP Images.]

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43 comments to “North Korea Detainees Update!”

  1. 1

    Leave those two morons in prison! Why should Messiah Dumbama bail out these two retards? Leave them there as an example for other leftist morons that think they can break the law to further their own perverted goals.

  2. 2

    The coments that her sister was forced to say are such bullshit. Typical "under Duress" comments. (In Stilted voice) "We are Guilty, we have broken North Korea's Law, The U.S. needs to engage in diplomacy with them". Ugh, typical propoganda fromt hat regime, I really hope that these two will end up being ok!

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  6. 6

    Those 2 chinks deserved what they got, I don't like the North Korean regime but these 2 idiots CROSSED the border Illegally.

  7. 7

    word of advice: Don't go to Korea and this won't be a news story. Don't go to korea and talk shit, they don't even allow there own people to talk there, why would they think they could go to Korea and do a major expose' They're lucky they didn't get there heads cut off

  8. 8

    Oh well! They knew the risk they were taking. Perhaps they thought that the North Korean police would put them over their knees, spank them, and tell them not to do it again.

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  10. 10

    Wouldnt it be great if we did this to OUR illegal aliens?? Enter the country illegally and get 12 years in a labor camp. How soon before we didnt have the immigration problem anymore????

  11. 11

    They want the government to step in to help save them from a bad decision they made. Let's not put put our country in a bad position because of a mistake two journalists made while they were trying to make a name for themselves.

  12. 12

    Re: LizardKinG – that might not be a bad thing!!!!!!!

  13. 13

    The 2 chinks deserved to be jailed, they crossed a border ILLEGALLY!

  14. 14

    sorry, but I highly doubt North Korea is going to have any kind of diplomacy… I do believe they will use these 2 women as an example of why you shouldn't break their laws… its just the way it is… when you are in another country, its best not to break their laws and then ask for diplomacy…

  15. 15

    Smells something fishy……….

  16. 16

    Re: govnote
    # 6 and # 13
    Any reason why you wanted us to read your "2 chinks" comment TWICE?
    Not cool at all. The only thing we see in those comments is ignorance..

  17. 17

    WTF….they knew exactly what they were doing!!! Fuck them…they get everything coming to them! Hard lesson to learn…dumbasses!!!

  18. 18

    Re: Spindoc
    Right on!
    Sounds to me like her statement was made public because it's exactly what
    the North Korean communist government forced her to say ..

  19. 19

    Re: Cali40 – not my finger!!!!!!! LOL

  20. 20

    Let me get this straight,…they broke laws of the country they were in and now they expect to be 'rescued'? WTF? They need to serve their time. If it happened here, we'd be punishing them for their crimes. They need to stop whining, serve their time and learn their lesson. Fucking babies.

  21. 21

    If two North Koreans were caught entering our border illegally, I doubt we would be so open to just hand them back through diplomacy. The fact is that they video taped themselves entering the border illegally and commented on tape while they were doing it. NK showed the tape to the US state department and that fact has not been disputed. They had full knowledge of what they were doing while they were doing it. I do not want to see these ladies hurt but I do not want to have to bargain with NK for their release. Let Gore do it. Gore can give North Korea Carbon credits ; )

  22. 22

    There are some ignorant ass comments in this post.

  23. 23

    Apparently all those who commented have no idea what you are talking about.

    They did not enter North Korea. According to many sources, including Reporters Without Borders and several South Korean news outlets, as well as witnesses, Ling and Lee were LEGALLY interviewing refugees near the North Korean border in CHINA. According to said reports, and investigations, Ling and Lee were detained while still in China, with the North Korean military crossing the border into China to detain them.

    Get your facts straight before you criticize them. They are Americans, and they deserve to be treated like any political prisoner…with their country supporting them and working to get them out.

    I have a feeling if these were two white, upper class men, these hurtful comments would not be made/

  24. 24

    Am I the only one that suspects she's not voluntarily saying that she "violated North Korean law"? That sounds like something she was forced to say, so that they can later on say that she admitted her guilt.

  25. 25

    Ok…first of all…could I just say that I don't understand why people beg for help after they have royally messed up? They knew what they were doing in the first place!!!!

    Second. Leave them in North Korea to rot. Why risk the security of our country for two twits who didn't have enough sense not to piss off such an aggressive nation.

  26. 26

    .. Perhaps a reduced sentence as a show of working relations with the United States. Just remember that whatever we say we are here and they are their.

  27. YUCK says – reply to this


    I agree with everyone that says leave these two dumb bitches in jail. They broke the law. Leave it to two ugly Asian bitches to think they have white ppl priviliges. They were doing wrong now do the time isn't that what we tell African Americans and Hispanics

  28. 28

    Where's Al Gore in all this? They worked for HIS cable news station. There is no way you can "accidentally" cross the North Korean border, and as 2 women on their own, they were insane to think they could simply go there and report on refugees. Sorry girls, I am as compassionate as the next person, but you had NO BUSINESS OVER THERE. You are NOT Anderson Cooper and you should have not have tried to be. You will probably spend the next 12 years rotting away in prisom courtesy of of the real L'il Kim. No one to blame but yourself for accepting an insane assignment. Shame on you Al Gore for thinking they could handle an assignment like that.

  29. 29

    Why do these journalist feel that they are above the law in other countries? It is sickening how they flaunt the laws and then expect our government to drop what they are doing and stop everything to help them. Girl you better pick that rice paddy!

  30. 30

    Re: LilJoJo – LilJoJo - CBS reported the following.
    The reporting team from Current TV crossed the frozen Tumen River dividing North Korea and China three months ago and walked up the river bank — all the while recording their transgression.
    "We've just entered a North Korean courtyard without permission," the narration on the videotape said. One of them picked up and pocketed a stone as a memento of the illegal move, the report said.

    Two women — reporter Laura Ling and editor Euna Lee — were arrested in Kangan-ri in North Hamgyong Province, the report said. A third person, Current TV executive producer Mitch Koss, and their Korean-Chinese guide managed to flee, KCNA said.

  31. 31

    Stick to Juicy Gossip not real news!!!

  32. 32

    Hey Perez, how about 'our PRAYERS' are w/ them?…Oh I forgot, demon's don't worship the Lord.

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  34. 34

    Occasionally, one of your many typos can be quite humorous, Perez.

    "Since no one has physically seen Laura or Euna, it is difficult to tell how they are olding up in prison."

    Olding up in prison….Heh

  35. 35

    12 years is a little harsh… i'd go crying to the government too if I were them! And of course America will try to bail them out! I'd say they learned their lesson at any rate.

  36. 36

    I agree with the majority of the comments here. I don't feel the least bit sorry for these bitches. That Laura bitch ADMITTED that she and the other bitch entered North Korea illegally. Ok, we may not like how N. Korea runs their country, but that IS how they choose to run their country and it's your fault if you choose illegally enter the country. This is why so many Americans piss me off. They go to other countries with their (usually white) American privilege and feel that they are just immune to that country's laws. It's not right. You go to another country, you abide by their rules. If you don't, then sucks for you and you get what you deserve. Just like these two bitches.

  37. @v@ says – reply to this


    They need a Korean SEAL Bourne Identity type to bust them out in the dark of night. Too much screwing around using them as political footballs. They're not spies, they're young journalists.

  38. 38

    12 years in a labor camp is a pretty horrible thing to have to endure, especially in the prime of your life. I feel awful for them.

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  40. 40

    Wow 2 American Asian women sneak across a border into North Korea during times of tension. Did anyone in their right and sane mind think this was a good idea. I am suprised they are being treated this well. Usually spies just disappear never to be heard from again

  41. 41

    i knew it, those two daft women knew exactly what they were doing. and now they expect the usa to get them out of the trouble they put themselves into? geez! i guess they thought they were above the law when they tried to sneak into north korea from china. way to go laura and euna to owe up to your mistakes, but you might consider that you might have to pay the price coz then every tom, dick, and mary will think they can do whatever they want in other countries and expect the usa to bail them out. not so!

  42. 42

    It's so funny that Americans think that they can break everyone elses' law in this world, but God forbid it happens to them. Keep them where they are. Teach them a lesson.

  43. 43

    Hey they broke the law so too bad. Although, I do think some punishments are too severe in some countries…but it's THEIR country and they can make whatever laws they want.