Merrill Newman

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Freed 85-Year-Old: I Was Bored in N. Korea

Merrill Newman says he was detained in hotel, not jail

(Newser) - Life as a captive of the Stalinist regime he fought 60 years ago was actually a pretty dull experience, Merrill Newman says. The 85-year-old veteran, back in the US after more than a month in North Korean custody, says he was comfortable but bored during his detention, reports the Santa ... More »

American Held in N. Korea Oversaw Guerrillas

Kuwol fighters 'Pyongyang's most hated'

(Newser) - The detention of an 85-year-old American in North Korea appears to be revenge for his actions with a group of guerrilla fighters that did immense damage to the North during the Korean War, the AP finds in interviews with former members. Surviving fighters from the Kuwol partisan unit—glorified in... More »

American Tourist Sorry for War Crimes: North Korea

Merrill Newman reads apology he supposedly wrote

(Newser) - The 85-year-old California tourist detained in North Korea last month is sorry for his crimes against the state, at least according to North Korea. Authorities released video of Merrill Newman reading an apology he allegedly wrote; the AP couldn't independently confirm its veracity or whether it was coerced. In... More »

Family of American Held in N. Korea Pleads for Release

85-year-old Merrill Newman has been held about a month

(Newser) - North Korea has confirmed it's holding another US citizen , and his family is pleading for his release. Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran and grandfather, was last seen on a plane to Beijing from Pyongyang on Oct. 26. His family in Palo Alto says North Korean officials pulled... More »

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 »

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