Wednesday, August 5, 2009

North Korea: Another Clinton Pardon?

In March, Laura Ling and Euna Lee illegally entered North Korea illegally across the Chinese border in order to film a video about refugees for Current TV. In June, the two were convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Almost immediately, administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, began calling on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to do what Barak Obama has yet to do - grant a pardon.

Yesterday, former President Bill Clinton (no stranger to odd clemency tales), embarked on a White-House approved "private mission" / "humanitarian mission" to Pyongyang. After a few handshakes and photos with government officials, an hour of chit-chat and dinner, Clinton and the two journalists jumped on a plane for Los Angeles. See story here.

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