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US Spy Chief Describes Weird North Korea Visit

Banquet was followed by security warning

(Newser) - The North Koreans are generous but perplexing hosts, according to National Intelligence Director James Clapper. According to Reuters , the spy chief says that during his secret mission to Pyongyang last November to bring two Americans home , a general treated him to a "marvelous" 12-course banquet at a restaurant that... More »

Why Obama Sent Our Top Spy to North Korea

James Clapper retrieved Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller

(Newser) - One-time North Korean prisoners Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller are back on US soil, having landed Saturday night near Tacoma, Wash. They were retrieved by National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and the New York Times today reads into the decision to send Clapper—rather than a senior diplomat—to... More »

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 »

3 Americans Held in N. Korea: Situation Is Urgent

Kenneth Bae, 2 others get 5 minutes each to talk about conditions

(Newser) - The foreign media was caught off guard today after North Korea allowed reporters to speak to three Americans detained there, reports the AP . Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller, and Jeffrey Edward Fowle were each given five minutes for a TV interview with CNN , which aired their statements about their conditions... 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 Arrests American Tourist

That's No. 3

(Newser) - An American tourist has been detained in North Korea for allegedly committing an unspecified crime. The Korean Central News Agency says that authorities are investigating the American for committing "acts inconsistent with the purpose of a tourist visit." He is identified as Jeffrey Edward Fowle, who entered the... More »

American Held in N. Korea Sent Back to Labor Camp

Kenneth Bae leaves hospital, and his family is worried

(Newser) - US missionary Kenneth Bae has been sent back to the grind of a labor camp in North Korea. The State Department informed his family that the 45-year-old was discharged from the hospital—where he had gone after dropping 50 pounds—and ordered back to a prison work camp, reports AP... More »

Jailed American Admits to Crime Against N. Korea

Kenneth Bae appeals to US to work with Pyongyang for his release

(Newser) - Imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae appeared at a press conference in North Korea today and admitted to committing a "serious crime" against the country. He also insisted Pyongyang does "not abuse human rights," CNN reports, citing Xinhua. Bae, who has been jailed for more than a year,... More »

Rodman: Sorry About N. Korea Comments, I Was Drunk

'I embarrassed a lot of people'

(Newser) - Too many cold ones with Kim Jong Un? Dennis Rodman blames booze and the collapse of his North Korean "basketball diplomacy" dreams for his bizarre outburst about imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae. "It had been a very stressful day," the former NBA star tells the AP . "... More »

Dennis Rodman Has Meltdown in N. Korea Interview

Doesn't handle question about Kenneth Bae well, to say the least

(Newser) - Here's a sampling of the headlines circulating your Internet regarding Dennis Rodman's ... interesting interview with CNN this morning from North Korea :
  • "Dennis Rodman Loses It During CNN Interview from Pyongyang" ( The Wire )
  • "Dennis Rodman Launches Into A Weird, Screaming Rant During CNN Interview" (
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N. Korea Detains Another American—and He's 85

Palo Alto tourist Merrill Newman has been held for 3 weeks

(Newser) - Kenneth Bae may have some company: North Korea detained an 85-year-old American tourist from California three weeks ago, reports the Bay Area News Group . The report says Merrill Newman—who fought in the Korean War—got yanked off a tourist plane that was about to leave the country last... More »

US Prisoner in N. Korea Gets Visit From Mom

Kenneth Bae doesn't look 'that bad' in Pyongyang hospital, says mom

(Newser) - Nearly a year after his arrest and a month after talks to release an American prisoner in North Korea broke down , Myunghee Bae has finally seen her ailing son . North Korean authorities granted her a visit to Kenneth Bae in a Pyongang hospital, reports CNN . They reportedly met today for... More »

Rodman Leaves N. Korea, Curses Obama, Clinton

Says it's 'not my job' to get US citizen out

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman wrapped up his second visit to North Korea today, and, no, he didn't secure the release of a detained US citizen. "Guess what? That's not my job to ask about Kenneth Bae ," he testily told reporters at the Beijing airport, reports AP and CNN... More »

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