Clinton Wins Freedom of Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee

By Andrew Gauthier 


Two American journalists freed by North Korea after months of detention returned home to a tearful family reunion on Wednesday accompanied by former President Bill Clinton, who secured their release in a meeting with the reclusive state’s leader Kim Jong-il.

Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, reporters for an American cable television venture co-founded by Clinton’s former vice president, Al Gore, arrived with Clinton at Burbank airport near Los Angeles aboard a private jet from North Korea.


Ling raised her arms in the air as the two women descended from the plane for a tearful reunion with their families inside the airport hangar.

Ling said she and Lee both feared they could be taken at any moment to a hard labor camp when on Tuesday they were led instead to a location where Clinton was waiting for them. More…