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Laura Ling And Euna Lee Sentenced To 12 Years In Labor Camp

North Korea’s highest court sentenced American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee today to 12 years in a labor camp for illegal entry into the country and an unspecified “grave crime.” Seoul officials said the decision is final, as the top North Korean court does not allow appeals. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for the country to release Ling and Lee, and word is that despite not having formal diplomatic relations with North Korea, the U.S. will send someone like Al Gore (who owns Current, where the women work) or New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on a mission to get the journalists released. All we can think about is Lee’s four-year-old daughter who, at this point, still thinks her mommy is away for work. [CNN, Korea Times, Liberate Laura & Euna Now] Keep reading »

U.S. Journalists On Trial In North Korea

Today, the trial for American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee began in North Korea. The two women, who work for Al Gore’s Current TV, were arrested March 17 near the North Korean border on accusations of illegal entry and “hostile acts.” If convicted, Ling and Lee could face time in a labor camp — some reports say as long as 20 years. Since the two were arrested nearly three months ago, communication with them has been difficult because the United States and North Korea don’t have diplomatic relationships. Now, tensions have increased as a result of North Korea testing missiles and nuclear weapons. Ling’s sister, National Geographic Channel “Explorer” correspondent Lisa Ling said she hopes her sister and Lee aren’t being used as bargaining chips in a bigger debate. Keep reading »

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