2 Americans to US: Free Us From North Korea

Jeffrey Fowle, Matthew Miller fear lengthy imprisonment

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 2, 2014 4:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – A pair of Americans detained months ago in North Korea have a message for Washington: Help us get home. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, and Matthew Miller, 24, haven't been seen since they were detained, on separate occasions, by Pyongyang, but they were recently allowed to speak to the AP in an undisclosed location. They say their trials for "anti-state crimes" are likely to occur soon, and without assistance from the US, they could be in for a long period behind bars.

Miller says he's been "requesting help from the American government, but have received no reply." Fowle notes that "the horizon for me is pretty dark," the AP reports. "I don't know what the worst-case scenario would be, but I need help to extricate myself from this situation." A letter apparently by Fowle included in the video says he was arrested over a Bible left at a tour site, the Telegraph reports. Missionaries have often been detained in the past, the BBC notes, but Fowle's family says he wasn't on a church mission, the AP reports. Another American, Kenneth Bae, who's been held since 2012, recently described feeling "abandoned" by the US, the AP notes.

In this image taken from video, US citizen Jeffrey Edward Fowle speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.
In this image taken from video, US citizen Jeffrey Edward Fowle speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from video, US citizen Matthew Todd Miller speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.
In this image taken from video, US citizen Matthew Todd Miller speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/APTN)
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