Yesterday, after the announcement that North Korea was going to release imprisoned journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, their bosses at Current TV posted a comment about the whole mess.
“All of us at Current are overjoyed at Laura and Euna’s safe return,” Current Media founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt said in the statement. “Our hearts go out to them — and to their families — for persevering through this horrible experience. We will have more to say in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, all our thoughts are with Laura and Euna and their families, who have shown remarkable courage and initiative for the 140 days of this ordeal.”
According to the statement, Lee and Ling will be returning home this morning. You can visit the site to send them a message or view some of their work.
Current TV has been quiet about its detained reporters since their arrest in March, so we’re looking forward to what the company will have to say “in the days and weeks ahead.”
Meanwhile, today more information came out regarding Clinton’s trip to North Korea, how it came about and what he talked about with the nation’s Supreme Leader.
The New York Times reports today that both Clintons — the former president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — played a role in the trip and the journalists’ release. The trip was a result of weeks of back-channel conversations, and the journalists’ boss, Al Gore, was among the people considered for the humanitarian mission.
Like the Times the Washington Post reports that North Korea’s official news agency had claimed Clinton had issued an apology on behalf of Lee and Ling. However, the Post emphasized that U.S. officials have denied that any apology was offered.