N. Korea Releases American Detainee

Jeffrey Fowle is on his way to Guam; 2 others still held
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2014 12:37 PM CDT
N. Korea Releases American Detainee
In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the AP in Pyongyang.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

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 behind at his hotel; she says the US is still working to obtain the release of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller. "We certainly welcome the decision," says White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, calling on Pyongyang to "immediately release" the remaining Americans. The Swedish government assisted in Fowle's release, reports the AP. (Read more Jeffrey Fowle stories.)

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