A spokesman from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence’s office, Brian Hale, made a statement announcing the release of two American captives, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, by North Korea. These men were the last remaining American detainees in North Korea after the unexpected release last month of Jeffrey Fowle, who had been held for six months after being accused of leaving a bible at a nightclub. The statement specifically mentioned the efforts of the Swedish government for intervening in negotiations to help secure the release of these prisoners.
Bae had been in captivity in North Korea for two years after being detained while leading a tour group in Rason, a city in the northern part of the country. He had been sentenced to 15 years for alleged “hostile acts” against the government. Miller had been held for seven months after being sentenced to six years for supposed espionage stemming from an incident where he is alleged to have ripped his visa at the airport in Pyongyang.
By Jim Malone