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N Korea Gives Gore Reporters 12 Years

From an unfazed Associated Press:

N. Korea sentences US reporters to 12 years labor

By Vijay Joshi, Associated Press Writer

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor, intensifying the reclusive nation’s confrontation with the United States.

Washington said it would "engage in all possible channels" to win the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV media venture

The journalists were found guilty of committing a "grave crime" against North Korea and of illegally entering the country, state-run media said.

The Central Court in Pyongyang sentenced each to 12 years of "reform through labor" in a North Korean prison after a five-day trial, the Korean Central News Agency said in a terse, two-line report that provided no further details. A Korean-language version said they were convicted of "hostility toward the Korean people."

Surely this is just another signal from the North Koreans that they are ready and eager to sit down for a heart to heart chat with Mr. Obama.

Still, one wonders what Mr. Gore is doing to try to help his employees.

Isn’t he one of the most influential men in the world?

Why doesn’t he offer  North Korea some carbon credits if they will behave?

Or maybe he could offer to have Apple relocate some of its slave labor camps from China to North Korea if they release these two journalists.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “N Korea Gives Gore Reporters 12 Years”

  1. canary says:

    NKorea sentences 2 US journalists to 12 years jail
    By VIJAY JOSHI, Associated Press Writer Vijay Joshi

    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s top court convicted two American journalists and sentenced them to 12 years in labor prison Monday,..

    The North’s Central Court tried TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee during proceedings running from last Thursday to Monday and found them guilty of a “grave crime” against the nation, and of illegally crossing into North Korea..

    It said the court “sentenced each of them to 12 years of reform through labor.” The KCNA report gave no other details.

    *Ling and Lee — who were working for former Vice President Al Gore’s California-based Current TV — cannot appeal because they were tried in North Korea’s highest court, where decisions are final.

    The two were reporting about the trafficking of women at the time of their arrest, and it’s unclear if they strayed into the North or were grabbed by aggressive border guards who crossed into China.

    *Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said the former vice president has no comment. The South Korean government also did not comment.

    Associated Press Writers Jae-Soon Chang and Bill Foreman contributed to this report.
    Well, now. Isn’t it a good thing Gore never became potus. Maybe N. Korea will put a warrant out for Gore.


    • catie says:

      Al Bore aka Man Bear Pig, will swoop into NK and take his little hirelings home. Hill & Al will reunite and come up with something. Then to end it all up Lisa Ling will do a little documentary and Oprah will have all four of them on: the reporters, Ling and Man Bear Pig and then Oprah will cry and everyone will be happy. The End.

  2. ptat says:

    You nailed it Catie! That is exactly how the world, the “zeitgeist”, goes! “In the land of the blind, the One -Eyed Man (or woman) is king!”

  3. Colonel1961 says:

    ‘No carbon credits for hostages!’ lol

  4. Why doesn’t he offer North Korea some carbon credits if they will behave?

    Um, have you seen North Korea?

    First, here’s a Google satellite image of Pyongyang (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Pyongyang&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl).

    Notice what’s missing when you zoom in as far as you can? CARS. There isn’t a single car on the streets of Pyongyang.

    And here’s a satellite image of the Korean peninsula at night. South Korea has lights…little, if anything, in North Korea does. http://strangemaps.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/1207koreaelectricitygrikf0.jpg

    They can’t get much greener. No doubt Al Gore would approve of their eco-friendly, if not terrible, standard of living.

    • JohnMG says:

      Since the quarries in N. Korea are all powered by people with sledge hammers making “little’ uns outta big ‘uns”, the only way to make them greener would be to have the laborers stop exhaling.

      As far as having someone come to their rescue, Algore will jet in posthaste with ace human-rights negotiator Jimmah Cahter in tow. It’ll be OK. You’ll see.

    • Right of the People says:

      Algore won’t do anything because N. Korea is his blueprint for how we all (except for him and his buds) should be living a green lifestyle.

      I’ve said it before, what in the heck are people like these reporters doing in third world countries like China and Lil’ Kim’s Socialist Paradise to begin with? There is not enough money in the world to induce me to visit anyone of these third world sh**holes! I’ve been to Mexico and it was bad enough, I can’t imagine what conditions are like in Lil’ Kim’s Socialist Paradise would be like. I hope they can get them out but I wouldn’t be holding my breath if I was their families.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Too bad the two are taking the brunt of outward hate for Big Al by the little punk, Kim Joc Itch. If Al was a man he’d beg Hildabeast to step in and take the beating, that is meant for Mr.Gore. Their beef is with Al …. not the two so called “reporters”.

    IF ….. Al was a man.

  6. proreason says:

    What’s the problem?

    They get to spend 12 years in a country that is far far better than the USA.


  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    Those North Koreans sure know how to handle their illegal immigrants!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      They are “ALIENS”………. MR!!
      But you certainly have hit the nail dead center.
      Good snag!!

  8. joeblough says:

    When was the last time we had a serious hostage crisis again … ?

    Oh, yeah! That was Dhimmi Kharter wasn’t it.

  9. Confucius says:

    What a shame. I tell you, when Asians go bad . . . I mean really . . . working for Al Gore?

    They’re families must be horrified.

  10. Confucius says:

    What a shame. I tell you, when Asians go bad . . . I mean really . . . working for Al Gore?

    Their families must be horrified.

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