2 Americans to US: Free Us From North Korea
Jeffrey Fowle, Matthew Miller fear lengthy imprisonment
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 2, 2014 4:58 PM CDT
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(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.

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Aug 3, 2014 9:32 PM CDT
So what is so great about North Korea that cannot be found anywhere else and is so incredible that it warrants helping to fund a mass-murdering government currently at war with one's own?
Aug 3, 2014 5:17 PM CDT
seriously do they think the White House will save them.. they could care less about Andrew Tahmooressi being locked up in Mexico. as far as it goes they committed a crime and they should be punished, from the way the White House responds. Obama cares less about the citizens of this country unless there is something political of a advantage as in getting rid of 5 hard core terrorist for a deserter.
Aug 3, 2014 2:09 PM CDT
Missionaries...oh dear. Yelling "help" after finding out, like a gal that marries a drunk under the impression all he needs is a good woman, that the host country leaders have no desire to "convert." Especially to one so stupid. Help the ones that escape, help folks that need help, but swimming upstream to the evil host? And then expecting help? Did we rescue all those folks that took over a plane and flew it to Cuba when they ended up in jail?