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Bae Nods to 'Amazing 2 Years' as Captives Return

DNI James Clapper secured release of prisoners from North Korea

(Newser) - The last two Americans being held captive by North Korea returned home last night. Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller landed at a Washington state military base after their departure was secured through a secret mission by James Clapper, director of national intelligence. Bae, surrounded by family members, spoke briefly after... More »

North Korea Frees Last 2 Americans

Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae are released

(Newser) - No more Americans are being held in North Korea: Pyongyang today released Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller, both of whom had been sentenced to years of hard labor, reports CNN . As with the recent release of Jeffrey Fowle , it wasn't clear what prompted the move, though the State Department... More »

Freed American: Yes, I Planted Bible in N. Korea

Jeffrey Fowle admits he was trying to help 'underground' Christians

(Newser) - When North Korea imprisoned American tourist Jeffrey Fowle, it accused him of planting a Bible in a bid to spread Christianity. A family spokesperson denied at the time that he was on a religious mission, but now that he's free, Fowle admits that Pyongyang was right. "I did,... More »

N. Korea Releases American Detainee

Jeffrey Fowle is on his way to Guam; 2 others still held

(Newser) - Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, was released today after six months in custody and is currently aboard an American plane bound for Guam, reports CNN . A State Department official confirmed the release of Fowle, an Ohio resident who was suspected of leaving a Bible... More »

American Held in North Korea Describes Prison Life

Matthew Miller says he's isolated, works in fields

(Newser) - North Korea claims Matthew Miller wanted to be a "second Snowden" and to expose human rights abuses in its penal system—and whatever the truth is, the 24-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif., is getting as close a look at the country's prisons as anybody could wish for. Miller has... More »

North Korea: American Wanted to Be 'Second Snowden'

Matthew Miller is now serving 6 years of hard labor

(Newser) - North Korea today piled more accusations upon a 25-year-old American arrested there and sentenced to six years' hard labor . The state-run Korean Central News Agency says Matthew Miller entered the country on a tourist visa from South Korea and deliberately got himself arrested by tearing up his visa in order... More »

N. Korea Is Fabulous on Human Rights, Says N. Korea

Rambling report says country has 'world's most advantageous human-rights system'

(Newser) - North Korea's war of words has taken quite the turn. After being accused by the UN earlier this year of "unspeakable atrocities" against its people, the country blasted the US as the "world's worst human rights abuser." But it has now stepped back from name-calling... More »

North Korea Sentences American to 6 Years

Californian Matthew Miller, 24, held since April

(Newser) - North Korea's Supreme Court has sentenced Matthew Miller, a US citizen, to six years with labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit an act of espionage. The court said today that the 24-year-old Miller, of Bakersfield, Calif., tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang's airport... More »

2 Americans to US: Free Us From North Korea

Jeffrey Fowle, Matthew Miller fear lengthy imprisonment

(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... More »

North Korea Plans to Put 2 American Tourists on Trial

No trial date announced for Matthew Miller, Jeffrey Fowle

(Newser) - Two of the three Americans currently being detained in North Korea are facing prosecution. Matthew Miller , 24, and Jeffrey Fowle , 56, will be indicted; a trial could result in long jail sentences for both. The third US citizen detained in the country, 45-year-old Kenneth Bae , is currently serving a 15-year... More »

American Detained in North Korea Utterly Alone

Matthew Miller left no family contact info, no one looking for him: tour group

(Newser) - Matthew Todd Miller, the 24-year-old American detained in North Korea earlier this month , traveled to the country by himself—and so far, there's no sign of family looking for him, the travel company that put together his trip tells the New York Times . He didn't leave any contact... More »

North Korea Detains American Tourist

State media says Miller Matthew Todd requested asylum

(Newser) - North Korea has detained a 24-year-old American man for improper behavior while he was being processed to enter the country as a tourist, state media reported today. The official Korean Central News Agency identified the man as Miller Matthew Todd—possibly putting his surname first—and said he entered the... More »

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