Clinton Seeks Amnesty for Journalists Held by North Korea

By Andrew Gauthier 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that the United States was now seeking amnesty for two American journalists imprisoned in North Korea, a remark that suggests that the Obama administration was admitting the womens culpability in a bid to secure their freedom.

On Friday, The New York Times covered the announcement…
The two journalists, Laura Ling, 36, and Euna Lee, 32, both reporters for San Francisco-based Current TV, were sentenced in June to 12 years of hard labor after a trial in which they were accused of entering the country illegally and committing hostile acts.

Ms. Ling reportedly called her sister, Lisa Ling, also a journalist, this week and said in the course of a 20-minute conversation that they had broken North Korean law, but her sister did not say how. Human rights advocates in South Korea have said they were on a reporting assignment about the plight of North Korean women sold through human traffickers and refugees fleeing hunger in North Korea when they were detained March 17. More…