About one month ago Laura Ling and friend and colleague Euna Lee were imprisoned as a result of a sentence given in the courtrooms of North Korea. Though a public outcry, as well as many a vigil were given for the two; and messages went all the way to President Barack Obama, the pair were sentenced to twelve years each of hard labor in North Korea!
Laura Ling is the sister of Lisa Ling renown reporter for TV. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were working for a San Francisco TV program called Current TV. They were doing a “piece” on trafficking of humans. This area has been a hotbed on this particular subject for some time now.
Well apparently on this past Thursday, Laura Ling was able to speak with her sister Lisa Ling by telephone for about twenty minutes. In this conversation Laura Ling told her sister that she and her colleague Euna Lee did break laws of the country of North Korea.
In order for the two to be released from the labor camp now is to receive a full government pardon. Our country is still trying diplomatically to ask for the release of the two American citizens.
The country of North Korea has said the two reporters entered the country illegally and then proceeded to commit “hostile acts”. Since their capture in March they have been residing in a labor camp, and it appears now that this may have “broken the spirit” of the two young girls. Perhaps the country of North Korea can get the girls to admit to something “on air”, then the country would look as if their actions were warranted. Therefore, they country and its leaders would not look like human civil rights abusers! We all know this country’s track record, and furthermore, we know that this country has many an axe to grind with the United States of America.
Let’s hope that this conversation that was had between Laura Ling and Lisa Ling will prompt the leaders of North Korea to consider that governmental pardon and release the reporters back into the custody of the United States. As look at the two reporters we can see that it is highly unlikely that these two women ever committed any “hostile acts” at all.
Let us continue to hope for the freedom of Laura Ling, and Euna Lee.
Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.