May 29, 2009

LKL WEB EXCLUSIVE: Husband of American Held in N. Korea Speaks for First Time

Posted: 06:04 PM ET

Iain Clayton is the husband of Laura Ling, an American journalist currently being held in North Korea. Laura and her colleague Euna Lee were taken captive on March 17, and on June 4th will be tried for entering the country illegally and intending "hostile acts."

Iain, along with Laura's sister and TV personality Lisa Ling, and other family members, will be on LKL Monday, 9pm ET.

By Iain Clayton

Laura Ling, far right, with her mother, center, and sister Lisa Ling, left

Laura Ling, far right, with her mother, center, and sister Lisa Ling, left

As the trial date of June 4th approaches, I grow increasingly apprehensive and nervous about the fate of my wife, Laura Ling, and her colleague, Euna Lee. They have now been detained by the Government of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] for nearly three months. During this time I have had very limited contact with her and really, really miss her.

I think about her every moment of the day and try to imagine what she is doing, how nervous she must be and ask what I can do to make things better and ultimately bring them home. We have been together for 12 years and this is the longest I've gone without hearing her voice. We just bought our first house and it feels so empty without Laura. The pillows she ordered arrived a couple weeks ago, I wish she could see them.

Apart from writing her a letter every day, I have tried to make her situation a little more bearable by sending her parcels of things she loves – like dried squid and beef jerky.  Since USPS, FedEx, UPS and DHL do not deliver there from the US, I have resorted to sending them via my family in the United Kingdom.  I found out today that one I sent nearly three weeks ago has finally arrived. I find it amazing that it takes that long to send a parcel anywhere in the world.

I think it is this isolation that attracted them to the assignment in the first place. A trip that may end up with them indicted and tried, even though they were journalists simply covering a story.

Read more about upcoming events, letters from Laura Ling, and how you can help here

See the full interview Monday.  Joining Larry will be Lisa Ling, parents Mary & Doug Ling, and Laura Ling's husband Iain.  Also scheduled to appear Euna Lee's husband Michael, and their daughter Hannah.

Monday, 9pm ET, only on Larry King Live



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Paul Smith   May 29th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

FREE THESE WOMEN!!! America wake up and raise a cry. These are amazing journalists and need help! Dont stop with IRAN. This is almost more perilous and the media needs to hear we care. RAISE A STINK!!

matt m   May 29th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

n.korea is a hostile enemy country, why would she bother going there? she took a huge chance, and ended up on the wrong side. no sympathy, sorry.

Dave   May 29th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

This is a sad case of some people committing a no brainer. And what vapid comments but the author. What a silly picture of one of the girls. The whole crew of them needs to stay home in tv-land usa and do whatever kind of silliness they do, but please, don't go to N. Korea, Pakistan, etc. again so no one has to feel bad again that some brainless girls got rolled up and are being broken as spies in some basement of a government building in Pyongyang.

Anyone who knows anything about how the North Koreans broke American servicemen during the war will say that breaking people and getting prisoners to turn on one another is what the North Koreans are especially good at. And these two will certainly do that especially since they lack training. And what timing for all this clownshow to begin.

Anon.   May 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Yes, N.Korea is a basket-case state. But exactly what is to be expected when you deliberately try to cross the border of any country without valid documents and in this case, a border which is heavily militarized. Atleast one should thank God that they did not get shot! Journalistic fervor is fine but common sense in such situations usually works better!

JIM   May 29th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

too freakin bad, each country has the ability to try people as spies. We seem to be the only country that thinks it has a right to bring foreigners we suspect to be spies to justice. Since the DPRK has fired the long range satellite, and set off a nuclear test, and fired short range missles, and we have done nothing, shows two things 1) we know we would get out clocks cleaned. 2) each nation is a sovereign entity. The government knows little about Korean history, or they would understand that being the Hermit Kingdom is nothing new. I say, they knew the risk. they went there for glory, and got the ill fate that happens when you roll the dice.. Annyoung ladies..!

Chad   May 29th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Regardless of the circumstances, she is an American and we need to protect our citizens as best as possible. When I stood guard on the DMZ as soldiers do today, we protected a lot of people who make bad choices. However, we need to take care of our own. The nKPA is a thug organization that needs to be wiped off the face of the earth.

don thompson   May 29th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

As a big fan of bernie mac and the kings of comedy i was very moved by the brotherhood you all showed during that time,and also how ,with the passing of mr mac,you all showed your love and appreciation of him as a person,that speaks volumes of you as a human being.

David   May 29th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I have no tears to shed for these two girls. I actually have to side with the North Koreans for once because these two actually crossed the frozen Tumen River INTO North Korea and got arrested whilst trying to get pictures of the border or something to that effect. So, naturally the North detained them as spies, which is their right, and will put them on trial. The DPRK is doing nothing illegal and IF the United States tried to raise a stink, we have no legs to stand on because the evidence is entirely in favor of the North Korean government. So, the families of these two mentally dim people can thank Al Gore for their current predicament and just sit back and watch the trial. Don't go to North Korea!

Mike Stevens   May 29th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

What if these women were Mexican reporters, who were picked by US border patrol for crossing the border illegally, Wouldn't they be in legal trouble, as well? Think about it....

christor   May 29th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

The comments thus far are just astonishing. My sympathies, Mr. Clayton. This is obviously a difficult time, and I hope a way is found to reunite you with your wife very, very soon.

James Ivers   May 29th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Didn't know Laura Ling was Lisa's sister. Well, that explains it, doesn't it? Lisa L is a gutsy and intelligent journalist, but after she "sneaked" into N. Korea a couple of years ago officially as an assistant to an eye doctor – not as a journalist – you can be sure that the N Koreans put her on their blacklist after her documentary aired. i remember thinking even while watching the program, wow, that's sure gonna tick those guys off! So now sister Laura comes along in sis's, most likely a few of the people in N Korea who compile enemies lists and are allowed to google around the web figured out the family relationship, and put together a plan. My personal guess: the journalists whole trip, what ever it was supposed to be about, was a set up. Then they easily lured her to the border area with the complicity of some Chinese who were really N Korean agents, and grabbed her. Payback to Lisa. I am very sorry it happened, but it shows what happens when you deal with people like that. They'll milk the situation for a few more scores, and then send her back.

Chad   May 29th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

We would not summarily execute the Mexican crossing the border with the US. The nKPA does not hesitate to shoot first and ask questions for propaganda later. Having seen it happen in 1995 on the DMZ, trust me, the rules are different. At that time, we got our soldiers back, one alive, one dead, but they came home to their families.

Kenny H.   May 29th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

i am not the least bit surprised by the amount of people posting their heartless "2 cents" comments, thinkng that they are somehow raising an original idea. Iof course it was dangerous, we know that. They knew that. If they were in this for the money trust me, they would be working for espn or on your local wether channel. But they were doing this for a greater cause. If it weren't for people like these women, the poorest of the poor would have no voice. You who judge them and criticize their bravery and selflessness are the only giving Pyongyang more power. Maybe one day each one of you will experience personal tragedy and gain an inkling of something we call "character", but probably not. Only about 10 out of 100 spineless weasels ever becomes something even close to what I would call a man.

donkey kong   May 29th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

We need to get these girls out of there before they get nuked in the upcoming pre-emptive U.S. strike !

King Arkh   May 29th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Walk in and take the prisoners back. if that was my wife there would be no one who would stop me from getter her back. You would be surprised what a few Grenades a Ak-74 and a Ithaca Shotgun will make people do. Trust me these are available to anyone who lives within 50 miles of any city. Death to communism. May demons take this belief to hell A.S.A.P.

George   May 29th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

I'd like to hear more about his 'limited contact' with his wife.
Why just his emotional element attached to this story?
Any other info re: how they got arrested in the first place?
Were they challenging border integrity to make a story?

Your Uncle Frank   May 29th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

First, my heart goes out to this family. I truly pray that they are released, and soon. Second, what were they thinking? You must certainly realize that when you go screwing around with a despotic third world crap hole like N. korea, you are just asking for trouble. I wish I could say something useful. And it's only going to get worse. Mr. President, strenthen the DMZ now, buddy. Because, when it all goes bust, you won't get a second chance. And then it's gonna be real ugly. God speed, America.

Taylor   May 29th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I do not understand why people are so critical of these journalists. Risk is part of that profession and if no one was willing to take those risks, we would have no good journalists in the world and every dark secret needing to be exposed, would not get exposed. Would we criticize and have "no sympathy" for a journalist that was persecuted for penetrating Nazi Germany to expose the concentration camps? North Korea is guilty of crimes that are as bad, yet people in America, with an attitude but no courage sit in their comfortable little lives judging these young women. I commend them for their courage to do the tough yet necessary work that most are too afraid to do. I would hope there is enough wisdom in this country so that people speak out on her behalf. Our government should demand their release.

Catherine   May 29th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

Such criticism of these women by so many of the previous commenters!

Refer to "Aquariums of Pyongyang," a biography of a child who grew up in a NK prison camp.

The issue is not their guilt, rather the proportionality of the threatened punishment.

I don't see justice–by the most universal standards–happening here without US intervention.

Derek   May 29th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

Yeesh, some people can really be such robots at times. While you're criticizing your fellow Americans who are more than likely suffering alone in NK, why don't you go ahead and blame Nick Berg for getting decapitated by Iraqi insurgents while you're at it? Or just criticize journalists in general, many whom have traveled to dangeruos hot spots in the world, risking their lives. Meanwhile, you're sitting comfy at your homes behind your computers, enjoying the luxury of anonymously saying stuff like "Those girls were stupid and deserve everything the North Koreans throw at them". Sure, they probably should've been more careful, but none of us even know the full circumstances of their arrest. Have you stopped to think about their families and loved ones? Doesn't sound like it.

My praryers have been, and will continually go out to Ling, Lee, and their families.

Steven   May 29th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

They are doing this to provoke us I know it, sense we helped with journalist in IRAN not too friendly water either, and we know they have weapons of mass results! We should get our citizens who are being held against their will without probable cause and a more prompt trial then previous handled. I think the communist fundamentals are to feed every person under their watch no matter what it take even starting a fight. And war in IRAQ is fighting a force which religion opposes all existence of what America stands for. Pick and chose your battles HMMMM cant fight the world and we know that China owns most of America’s bonds.

Nick   May 29th, 2009 11:58 pm ET

The country is reclusive, dictitorial, and harsh. The country is run by pirates and it is a nation that sacrifices it's own citizens because of their internnational policies. What can you say about a nation whose diploates were caught smuggling cigarettes into a country Eurpoean country. Not much

However, we didn't need Ms. Ling to illegally cross the border and be tried as a spy to tell us that.

Catherine, you refer to "Aquariums of Pyongyan" agreed terrible. What has Ms Ling done to better one life of a single child for one day in North Korea ? Nothing. She has been able to bring attention to herself.

North Korea's standards are not our standards. I hope their standards never become our standards. That is why I was in the army in the late sixties serving in Korea. However, the point is, it is their standards in their country.

Ms.Ling does not have a entitlment to do what she wants to do ,when she wants to do it, how she wants to do it. That may have been allowed in her personal life but she is now playing in the real world with real consquences.

Shortly   May 29th, 2009 11:59 pm ET

These girls knew the consequences of what they were getting in to and still tried to acheive their goal anyway. They deserve to come home and I think the north Koreans will release them but will try to prove their point. Their point being, they are a soverign nation and do not want people medling in their business.

julian   May 30th, 2009 12:17 am ET

@ matt

i agree why did she even bothered to think to go there?!1 its just stupid

william   May 30th, 2009 12:22 am ET

Joy! I love you for your honest and introspective thoughts about things that are of meaning. I watch you on the View almost every day and I think that you are the most open and honest contributor. I love you on Larry King as well and see that you are a most observant and interrogative interviewer.
I didn't know that Dennis Leary was so bright and aware of the greatness of our President, Obama.
If you wish to find out more about this great man, search the internet, "messages from Matthew" and what you will find will astound you...not only about Cheney and his control of the president that he served but how he has a power over our current Congress that impedes our president ,as well what is to be revealed about our last administration and their scoundrel, ( I'm being kind) antics. God bless you

here   May 30th, 2009 12:35 am ET

I didn't realize Laura Ling was the sister of Lisa Ling.

Lisa Ling went into North Korea a couple years ago and produced a documentary. She lied about her purpose for going there, so that is why she was allowed in. She claimed to be a part of a medical team, but once inside she took video with a concealed camera.

So, I wouldn't be surprised if the Norks have figured out the connection. Maybe a little payback?

Brach   May 30th, 2009 12:35 am ET

This really makes me feel like us citizens' safety cannot be guaranteed by our government.

Maybe they will be rescued if U.S. special forces go into the country once this war gets under way...

Peter   May 30th, 2009 1:27 am ET


You might have watched too many movies
no way special forces can rescue her, they would all get killed
off course the US governement cant guarantee the safety of their citizens in foreign countries and they shouldnt be able to either, they have no business on foreign territory, just like other nations have no business in the US
It was stupid to go there in the first place, now the price is being paid

David J.   May 30th, 2009 1:27 am ET

They knew the risk when they went there. Want the big story, take the big risk. Now they're just tools for N. Korea to use against us. Nice one ladies!

I do feel bad for the husband, but you should have stopped her from going.

WG.Peter   May 30th, 2009 1:56 am ET

The story of these woman held by North Korea is nothing to do with spy activities as there are numerous ways to spyout by US and other powers, what these women have done is purely a work of Journalism on the context of natural taste of that remoted part. I pray these peoples should have a courage to face the evil and come out sucessfully.

haoran   May 30th, 2009 2:01 am ET

long live north korea

John K.   May 30th, 2009 2:03 am ET

I CANNOT believe some of you guys' comments. These young ladies yes did entered in to North Korea illegally, yes. Because it is the only way that they would be able to actually see what truly a hell that place is because if a journalist would enter in to the country legally they would be only shown the covered up lies of what this North Korea with watch guards. These people bring LIGHT to the Darkness, guys. Trying to expose the just cruelty and barbarous ways that Kim Jung Il is treating it's people, and sheer poverty and desperation that the people are feeling over there. They do 10 times more for the world than any of you people sitting in your comforting armchair with a new bought laptop criticizing them. INSTEAD of viewing these American girls as criminals, couldn't you see them as Heroes that risked their lives? Couldn't YOU just stop jeering about it, and at least pray about them, if you won't be helping rescuing them?

Few weeks from now, fate of our two American fellows will be decided. It's not clear will their faces will be buried in their husband's two warm arms, or be hung from a rope on a gallow. Have faith in your God/Leaders that it will be the first one.

Respect   May 30th, 2009 2:42 am ET

The professionalism of the author (Iain Clayton) of this skanky piece of journalism does no favors for any moral or legal justification of the two defendants' case.
N.B. DEFENDANTS, not 'two poor little girls' and the debate of heroism despite the utter disregard of the laws that govern them should not be confused as interlocutory evidence for their defense in this present case.
To the average folks who like to think their minds need to be heard: involvement of some critical reasoning is in order.   May 30th, 2009 2:51 am ET

This is sooo bad, why can't North Korea just release these people. They are innocent.

Dr. Patrick   May 30th, 2009 2:55 am ET

May 29th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

i am not the least bit surprised by the amount of people posting their heartless “2 cents” comments, thinkng that they are somehow raising an original idea. Iof course it was dangerous, we know that. They knew that. If they were in this for the money trust me, they would be working for espn or on your local wether channel. But they were doing this for a greater cause

This guy Kenny H Has to be an ABSOLUTE MORON.
I would think that he believes that Osama bin Laden is doing what he is doing for 'greater Cause" and that makes it Right as well ?
The day we throw away our laws in order to justify Idiocy in the name of self Ascribed "Greater Causes" as this Idiot is claiming, then we kiss the world goodbye.
These people BROKE the laws of a Sovereign Country and MUST be punished to the full extent of the law just like you would punish Arabs or as a matter of fact anyone caught Sneaking into the USA without papers .

Dr. Patrick   May 30th, 2009 3:09 am ET

May 30th, 2009 2:03 am ET
I CANNOT believe some of you guys’ comments. These young ladies yes did entered in to North Korea illegally, yes. Because it is the only way that they would be able to actually see what truly a hell that place is because if a journalist would enter in to the country legally they would be only shown the covered up lies of what this North Korea with watch guards. These people bring LIGHT to the Darkness, guys.

How do you know that, John K ? Have you lived in North Korea before ? Have you EVER been to North Korea in your life ? Maybe, the Terorists who entered the USA and unleashed mayhem on Sept 11, 2001 thought that they were bringing Light to country where not too long ago Blacks were refused entry into Universities and chased around with Dogs.
UNTIL we STOP this nonesense and allow others to live thier lives in thier OWN Countries, we will continue to be diminished as we are currently witnessing. Hell we claim they are so poor , stupid, ignorant etc, they have fired and tested nuclear weapons in rapid successions and we have not done a damned thing about it. WHY SHOULD WE ? What gives us the right to own Nuclear weapons but North Korea cannot have them ? What makes us better than them ? It is this Culture of Self Righteousness and unfounded Superiority that is killing us today. Try and Visit Dubai, Malaysia , Quatar etc that used to be called Third World and you will be Ashamed.

Norberto cuasimodo   May 30th, 2009 3:37 am ET

Someone once said that "Common sense is the less common of the senses". You should have stayed home, but in this world money seems to be first than anything else.
Good luck!.

sher shah   May 30th, 2009 4:34 am ET

I hope these women are freed, but what is the point of this story? And that too, near the top of the list of stories. Really CNN? I feel horribly for the journalist's husband, obviously he is heartbroken. As anyone in his position would be. But editorially speaking how does this story impact our lives in any way? Why don't you try using some resources to investigate the story and give us some context around how and why these two were detained? And if you have already done that then do a follow-up or just leave the story alone. "American's N.Korea trial worries husband" is probably the epitome of stating the obvious. Stop wasting our time and yours. I sincerely hope the best for the detained and their loved ones.

ed   May 30th, 2009 4:52 am ET

Agreed these woman took a huge chance...and I hope the best for them but when will people learn? I have worked in combat zones for the last 6 years and there are always stories about aid workers and journalists getting into situations like this....then they want American Soldiers to come rescue them...well ladies...that is just damn irresponsible. Get your head out! When you travel to a part of the world that has no human rights.....DO NOT EXPECT IT! they do not value human rights and will not extend them to you simply because you are an American...Good luck!

xman   May 30th, 2009 5:34 am ET

terrorist contries not only nPKA but all other terrorist contries around the world should be wiped of the face of earth once and for all.... this is the only way to give peace of mind to all good people around world. if these countries will not be stopped totally they will keep attacking and attacking and coming back and forth. they should be stopped once and for all and from the root. to give total solution to all the problems that is going on now.... these terrorists are the root of all evil and if you give them a single day of rest, its just like you're giving them a chance to propagate and gather in more numbers to be able to make more attacking plans... my God! are you peacemakers blind! or is this some kind of a BUSINESS? you urge the good and bad to make war just to be able to sell you weapons and become rich? if your intention is peace, why cant you stop them now while you still can?

eric lafforgue   May 30th, 2009 5:39 am ET

i was in Pyongyang last week for a tv documentary.
Nobody knows about the US journalists, cos the news has not been broadcasted in the country!
The most incredible thing is that as they didn't heard the information on tv or state radio, they say it's, one more time, an american propaganda campain against them...

Chol   May 30th, 2009 5:42 am ET

Forget her Americans, she will never be release at this critical time.
please, OBAMA prepare yourself for war, N. Korea is ready if you don't know.

Tom   May 30th, 2009 6:32 am ET

@ John K.

First of all, I do hope these two women do make it home safetly as I would not want my friends or family in that kind of situation. As for being Heroes, I have to disagree. You say they bring light to the darkness in NK, but I ask you what about the darkness in the cells of Guantanamo Bay? How is it any less cruel or barbarous when something tragic happens on US soil? Yet if we were faced today with two North Korean journalist captured in Cuba for suspected spying, there would be no hesitation to try them.

The way I see it is, these women took a gamble and lost. Now they have to face the consequences. You would expect no less from your own gov't.

Ben   May 30th, 2009 7:06 am ET

To everybody that has negative comments about these Laura and Euna:

First and foremost. The job of any journalist is to depict the completely unbiased truth of a situation, epidemic, story etc. Journalists are technically do not take sides.

The fact is, non of us would put ourselves in such danger. That is why we call these women crazy and stupid and brainless for walking into such a protected, isolated, and inhumane country. But in a sense they are heroes. They are putting themselves in danger to give the world a better idea of the truth.

During the Great Depression, a large sum of money was set aside in the Roosevelt's spending bill for photojournalists. These photojournalists were not the only reason the United States pulled itself out of the Great Depression, but it influenced a lot of people to help. People like to deny what others say, especially when situations are so bad. Instead of believing and helping, we would rather deny and move on. However, who can deny a photograph? This carries a huge weight on people. Once you a photograph, how can you deny help?

So for those who see Laura and Euna as brainless journalists crossing a line not to be crossed: Think of them as heroes, for having the courage to do something non of us would ever take a second to think about doing.

khan hk   May 30th, 2009 7:10 am ET

yes this world is politically so dangerous that aprroaching to a hostile country like north korea that two journalist did is not clever one.they listen to no one and the usa goes on his own way too while the life of ordinery people is in great risk in such a situation.

Nash   May 30th, 2009 7:46 am ET

this is just RIDICULOUS!.

America sits in silence now??? Where's the support for these women??

From what we can tell, they aren't HOSTILE AT ALL.. and america should be backing them up!!

GEt on it OBAMA!

Nash   May 30th, 2009 7:48 am ET

And for those that have no sympathy,
no one would expect you to because you aren't journalists!!!

Journalists thrive on the getting the "inside scoop". Sure it was dangerous, but so is being a journalist in a war territory, or an impoverished country which just HATES americans. Yet people do it, to bring the story to YOU!

so show some sympathy.

Richard   May 30th, 2009 8:01 am ET

wow, that was dumb of them

Martin   May 30th, 2009 8:07 am ET

This story is similar to that of a woman who jumped into a bear cage to hug one in Berlin. Naturally, her adventure ended on a stretcher.
And naturally this is what happens when you enter a hostile totalitarian realm illegally. Whatever her intention was, one thing is sure.
It was selfish.
She will endanger the lives of any possible rescue team. And now that she is being used as a leverage, our government will have to bow down to NK's demands in the ongoing diplomatic battle
You simply can't expect people to always bail you out if you knowingly put your life in danger for no good reason. That attitute is tolerable only for kids. Grown ups must learn to live with responsibility.

Ted   May 30th, 2009 8:50 am ET

If the countries of the world would learn to get along, stop using food as a weapon these situations wouldn't happen.

North Korea should not have these people under arrest, they are trying to get attention and hope to make a deal to get food or something out of letting them go.

This is just as much the United States fault as anyone else's.

Ted   May 30th, 2009 12:02 pm ET

There is good journalism and there is idiotic misjudgement of the situation and commiting a crime. Yes, if you cross a border without a permit or proper papers you are illegal in that country. (Aren´t we talking about illegals in the USA?)
Those two idiots are lucky they were not shot on sight and deserve to be in jail. Just because they are women it should not work in their favour. By the way, all intelligence service, ours and other countries, disguise real spies as journalists, so you cannot blame the North Koreans. Taking pictures of border installations!?

C Kelly   May 30th, 2009 2:37 pm ET

First of all-my sympathies go out to Iain Clayton and the Ling family-this must be a terrible time for all of you!

One of my observations about western countries and the media imparticularly, is this notion of "ONE JUSTICE". That just because the US or Canada or Europe believes a law or a country should treat people a certain way, have democracy etc-that all people see things the same way. Specifically, that all the world needs is for the WEST-the "great enlighteners"-to educate and shine their evolved way of "seeing" things. People, once enlightened will change or react. Revolution is always around the corner if the western people are just made aware of the travesties in these places. If we educate the people of the third world, our superior values will be embraced..

Further to this myth is that American Foreign policy or western colonization is mostly responsible for all the wars and hatred in the world-that terrorists are merely reacting to "US" and we just need to put out the olive branch-This is a very egocentric, ethnocentric and naive view about the world. Bad and angry people are everywhere and come in all forms not just the suit and tie/corporate logo etc..

Much of the world is more educated than we think and have no interest in embracing our democratic values or culture-whether its the very large Communist numbers in the world, or the people who follow Islamic fundamentalism and other extreme political factions around the world-power is major currency world wide. Many people dilebrately choose NOT to be like us-as hard as it is for us to accept.

Further, we can not impose ourselves on sovereign countries through war or illegally entering a country under false pretences. If we don't like the outcome of their judicial system-then we need to take care not to violate it illegally. I feel very badly for the Laura Ling and Euna Lee. However, these are well educated, wealthy adults who knew they were taking a big risk and breaking the law-Many people are in prisons all over Asia and the middle east, rotting due to serious crimes like drug smuggling and human trafficing. The journalists' crime is very serious too. Journalists must not put their lives before their need to make a story-if they do its at their own peril.

Dave of Detroit   May 30th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

I would not expect too much action on this until the U.S. and S.Korea stop the "Naval Exercises" that are really ticking off North Korea as they consider it to be in the form of a naval blockade. Personally, I think it would be much more interesting if they loaded up their ships with the weapons that are going to various terrorist Nations and convoyed them right through the Naval Exercises taking place and gave both the U.S. and South Korean ships the proverbial finger and laughed as they continued on their way!

David   May 30th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

I hear the "H" word being thrown about a whole lot here. Heroes they are not. What have they done to ease the suffering of one single Korean child for one day? Nothing. These two are lucky they are not dead, like the South Korean tourist who was shot to death at Diamond Mountain last year for illegally crossing into a military controlled area of the mountain resort. Think about it. If I, as a soldier, illegally crossed the border for some kind of escapade to save the children or something and was caught, I would have to face the consequences. I would not expect the U.S. military or the government to back me up. What I did was wrong and as an adult in the international community, I would have to serve my my time. No heroes here. Illegal border jumpers perhaps.

Nic   May 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Would you be calling them 'two brainless boys' were they men?

And the fact that people are unable to see the difference between jumping the Mexico-US border and investigating along the border of a media-controlled dictatorship is pathetic. I wish it were surprising.

Kevin   May 30th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

what the heck was she doing in North Korea anyway ? good grief......
The U.S needs to lock the borders, by fire, or more North Korean's and ths such will simply walk across the Mexico/Canada border.

I bet it's already. The big one. Just waiting.

Democrats just like to let them in. An give the US money away.

David   May 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

The guy that tried to compare this to a Mexico-US border crossing situation needs to wake up. If that were to happen, the person crossing would be arrested and processed back across the border within 24 hours if it wasn't a serious situation. ICE doesn't play around but at least the crosser would be alive and wouldn't have to worry about being executed. Crossing into N. Korea is a whole different ballgame.

Phil   May 30th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

A lot of readers are saying they have 'no sympathy' for these two. While everybody who goes to a politically dangerous place like N. Korea needs to understand the potential consequences, these two reporters weren't 'brainless' or irresponsible. If it weren't for reporters and the media taking all the risks to go to dangerous, disease-ridden, and violent locations to cover stories, we'd never know about the poverty in N. Korea, the Rwandan genocide, the FARC rebel movements, etc. Give these women the respect they deserve and show some compassion to bring them back safely.

John   May 30th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

I believe that if the reporters were white, we would see a lot more of an outcry to get them out, even invade the country. But since they are Asian, who cares?

Mike O'Brien   May 30th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

I am 'fed-up' with North Korea. With their missiles and now this fixed court trail. Maybe, General Doulas MacArthur was right.., take them out, now. Or pay for it later. He was right. President Truman was wrong. I feel like going over there and slapping that nut case. Mike in Montana P.S.: I probably would do a lot more than slap that guy. Somebody (country) needs to straighten this guy out.

Thomas   May 30th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

For too long "journalists" have thought of themselves above sovereign law. Well they are not.

I hope North Korea treats these criminals well and releases them. But these ladies did was illegal and wrong.

Thomas   May 30th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

INic May 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET
Would you be calling them ‘two brainless boys’ were they men?

Sure, but only because CNN won't allow stronger language.

Idiots are idiots regardless of sex.

B   May 30th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

First off, none of you know the exact circumstances of their arrest. They were in CHINA covering a story on North Korean refugees that flee into China across the Tumen River, which is the border between China and NK. Did they cross the border? Quite possible, but we don't know, and in fact the border is and river, especially in the winter is not marked and so it would be very hard to know if you were in North Korean territory or Chinese territory.

Second, it is insulting to america itself to listen to half of you cheering for North Korea and saying that these women are getting what they deserve. They weren't seeking glory, trust me, I know both of them, and they wouldn't be at Current TV if they were seeking personal glory. They, and the rest of their team at Vanguard go to extremely dangerous places all over the world. Laura and her colleagues have been to Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan and so on, many times to cover the harsh realities of the world outside of our cushy borders.

So many of you want to say that journalist shouldn't be covering such things, well then you are saying you would like to kill the fourth branch of the United States Government. And sadly the world of journalism and professionalism of it have been steadily going down hill in this country and you just don't seem to care. Well when the crooks take over the country, steal your retirement, bleed you of your social security, medical care and human rights, or report on atrocities overseas then just understand it all happened, b/c you were no longer informed b/c you didn't want journalist doing the hard stories anymore.

Euna Lee is an editor and a mother of a beautiful little girl who along with her husband, just wants her back at home. Laura also has her husband, family and friends, wanting her back. They aren't spies. They aren't political pundits trying to take your freedoms away. They are two women that are doing what they can to provide for their families while trying to do a job of substance.

In our current society, we love to break people down. I do it as well so I am far from guilty of this, but we need to stop being vicious to others simply so that we feel better about ourselves. Try to keep in mind that humanity and compassion should take precedent over ego, greed and bureaucracy in this world. It is hard to remember that in such a harsh world, but when it is something as simple as expressing your feelings about a subject in a blog, it shouldn't be that hard.

Iain, I hope you can see your wife soon and my thoughts are with you as well as the families of both Laura and Euna.

Russ   May 30th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

It was my understanding that the ladies were on S. Korea soil, when N. Korean critters crossed over that not-so-visible divide, and forced them into their jail, where they sat (and still sit) in isolation, unable to communicate with their loved ones. Why did this happen? It was the order of their cowardly leader to put them in solitary confinement, hoping that would keep America from bombing their capitol we may have to do that anyway). Any way you call it, it was Inhuman treatment in the extreme.

Mike   May 30th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

Believe me, we don't need anymore journalists going into places they don't belong-like North Korea. Rwanda is fine. Go ahead. But North Korea? A known rogue state that sort of does what it wants when it wants? Your kidding me, right? Why don't we avoid all sense of the law and just start roving the globe without proper paperwork or passports so we can cover the "stories we need to know?" Do we really need to know about the border crossings of North Korean families? Nope. But if we did, we can send other journalists from other countries that are not so adversarial with North Korea. Like France perhaps. Or the Swiss. Why an American??? Why? At this time in the march of history, why American journalists? You should all know what the North will do to these two. You journalists call yourselves the educated people of America. Cause and effect. What did you think would happen to these two if something went horribly wrong? That they would be quietly processed and deported from Pyongyang? The same way we treat illegals? Not a chance!! They don't have our sense of justice. Koreans have a distinctly different sense of justice. They are not so nice!!

There are other stories to cover in other parts of the globe. Let other people who are more of a fit cover North Korea. And believe me, as a Korean scholar, I know all I want to know about the North Koreans and then some. I don't need someone already telling me something I already know that has been already covered by more capable journalists from much less confrontational countries than the United States.

Nick   May 30th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

Some points to consider KCRA 3 Sacremento, CA March 19 2009

"Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were seized along the Chinese-North Korea border two days ago, according to news reports and an activist with ties to the reports said Thursday. They had reportedly ignored warnings to stop shooting footage of the reclusive country. A third colleague managed to elude capture"

Doug Ling, the father, is quoted
"Ling said he raised both of his daughters as a single father and that both of them are sometimes "too adventurous" in their attempts to cover news around the world."

rmidpr   May 31st, 2009 2:40 am ET

Wow, I am pretty shocked by the blase attitude of many posters.

Fact: we don't know the precise circumstances surrounding the womens' capture. Did they cross a border? Did they get close enough to a border that they could be seized? If they were shooting film of the border, is that an arrestable crime? Were they set up?

Fact: according to WSJ, Americans have never been put on trial in North Korean.

Fact: were it not for the bravery – and, yeah, certain amount of recklessness – of reporters, we'd know only what the state told us about war zones, disaster areas, and isolated countries.

I think it'd behoove all of us to say a prayer for the safe return of these women, and for all reporters around the world who are endangering themselves in the line of duty.

Mark A   June 1st, 2009 11:24 am ET

Iain, you, Laura and each of your families are in my prayers. This situation is not about a border-crossing. It is about a man's wife, his family, being accused of a crime in a country that doesn't value due process, freedom of speech and fair trails. Many people who are afforded the freedoms and rights provided by our government have taken these values for granted. These values are not universal, and are precious where they do exist.

Before you blog, I encourage you to sit with your compassion. Imagine you were Laura or Laura's husband, sister, father, mother, friend or niece, and consider what you would like to hear. Which kind, supportive and loving words would support you through this time? Let's attempt to move away from blaming the two journalists for wrong-doing for a moment, and have compassion–just one moment.

Jason Downie   June 1st, 2009 12:42 pm ET

The USA, needs to send in a few marines under the radar, and get these woman free. If we found Saddam in a hole in Iraq then we can get these woman back. Simple as that

Estela   June 1st, 2009 12:44 pm ET

i cant believe that the government is not putting there part in this more then they should. These are too tough journalist and good ones. An i believe that all jounalist shoud have more protection in these countries due to there punishments.
I hope that they come out of this without harm and god bless them

Wesbri   June 1st, 2009 1:16 pm ET

If you go to Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan do not expect that yours civil rights will be granted. Those countries are terrorrists and do not follow any international laws, so if a Journalist is so brave to go there they must accept the Risks and the Consequences of their actions. If you play with Fire you are going to get burned.
That is why the State Dpt advises not to travel to those countries.

Kathleen   June 1st, 2009 1:38 pm ET

Some with agree they should not have been there. Others may feel they did a great service reporting a story of human suffering we might otherwise not hear. Either way, I think some of the blunt and cold comments are very telling of people's lack of compassion and their "shoot from the hip" mentalities. Disagree all you like, but please, say it in an intelligent and diplomatic fashion. First, if an innocent family member were to read your words, it's a knife to their hearts. Second, no war, no argument, no negotiation or any other disagreement was ever settled with intollerance and contempt.
I, personally, hope that perhaps we can resolve this matter with patience, open-mindedness and faith.

Michaella   June 1st, 2009 1:40 pm ET

I must be living under a rock! I just heard about this on the today show & look forwrad to getting a broader vierw on Larry King/ I am outraged – make noise, get support, those women have been held captive for 3 months! That is unacceptable. Bring them home!

Deanna   June 1st, 2009 1:45 pm ET

My prayers and thoughts are with her and her family . I pray every night for her safe return home to her dear family . I send my love and sympathy to everyone. Involved. And may God give guidence , and have mercy .

Spelunker   June 1st, 2009 1:59 pm ET

When is Larry King going to interview Mitch Koss about what really happened at the Tumen River on March 17? Until then we will only know the truth on June 4 when North Korea presents their evidence at the trial of Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

Linley MacKenzie   June 1st, 2009 4:18 pm ET

I feel deeply for the Ling family. I cannot imagine the feelings they are experiencing. There must be real concern that both women will be convicted and spend lengthy sentences in North Korea.

That said, I always wonder where the common sense goes when a reporter(s) is/are chasing a story. Do they keep aware of the danger they are putting themselves in and the problems they bring to the U.S. government if they are caught as Ms Lee and Ms Ling have been? Yes, a story is important but certainly not at the risk of your life . . . and that is just what they are risking being caught by North Korea. It will be sad if their actions have compromised the United States. How far can our government go in working for their release before the U.S. risks putting too much on the table.

I think in this case the two women should have reconsidered their choice of story and what anguish they are bringing to their families and bargaining peril to their country. I have a feeling that these two reporters will, unfortunately, serve very long sentences and while they serve their time they have also made their family and friends serve a like amount of time. I pray that they will stay strong.

Justin   June 1st, 2009 4:50 pm ET

I think it is sad that America can be so focused on Susan Boyle when the sister of Lisa Ling, one of the BEST investigative journalists of our time, is being held prisoner in North Korea and being denied her right to freedom prior to trial. Let's get our priorities straight people!

carmen chiu   June 1st, 2009 5:31 pm ET

This can not be easy and my heart goes out to you and your family. However to play the advocate's devil – the situation there is very tense and North Korea is not an ally of the US. The girls knew going when they accepted the assignment that there is a severe amount of risk to them. Why would they jeopardize their family and put their family at risk of such heart wrenching turmoil? Right or wrong, North Korea has a set of policies that does not include freedom of press. This is a very hard concept to understand by Americans who live and breathe these basic rights but these are their rules, right or wrong, and if we don't want to suffer the consequences, we have to understand a nation's boundaries, whether we agree to it or not and not try to impose our beliefs into theirs. If not, then we have to accept that we might be a martyr to our principles.

Peggy Taranenko   June 1st, 2009 5:45 pm ET

What story were Laura and Euna covering? Did they intentionally cross the border?

Dodie - California   June 1st, 2009 6:05 pm ET

Because technically the DPRK is at war with us since the 1950s, I would definitely recommend that in the negotiations, we request China’s help. We can be headstrong and talk to the DPRK, but I do not think that would be to our advantage. The DPRK views us as the “enemy” The DPRK listens to China. They share a border with China.

Diplomacy is a much better strategy than brute force. We cannot afford another war. We are already dealing with two wars at the moment. If the women crossed into the DPRK illegally, then they may have to pay the consequences. We have no say on other country’s land. We can appeal to the world; however, the DPRK is pretty much already shut off from the world. China has had a good history of negotiating with the DPRK. China is our best resource.

Dodie - California   June 1st, 2009 6:16 pm ET

I have a home 176 miles from the DPRK in China. I have been to the China/DPRK border. There is no way anyone could be confused. It is armed with many solders on both sides. I have never seen a border armed so heavily. It was alarming to even see it. One would have to go way out of their way to sneak across. There is no way the DPRK solders can enter into China and drag anyone across the border. These women are very foolish and it may cost them their lives! They are Korean ancestry. They, of all people, should know better.

Dodie - California   June 1st, 2009 6:34 pm ET

@ carmen chiu

I assume you know what CCTV is? You can watch CCTV chanel 9 if you do not understand "putonghua" (mandarin). Tamin kěàide! (they were foolish)!!!

doris lee mccoy, Ph.D.   June 1st, 2009 6:51 pm ET

Lisa Ling I have followed your career with pleasure particularly on the Oprah show. Will incident make you more cautious about the risk that you take in the future?

Sue Stack   June 1st, 2009 8:33 pm ET

I personally have to thank these ladies for having the courage to take the risks to get Americans the true story about North Korea. If it weren't for journalist taking risks, then Americans would be ignorant on global concerns.

Reading some of the comments on this blog has me furious. I can't believe how incredibly stupid some Americans are!!!! Maybe you'll pull your head out of your butt when North Korea launches a real nuclear missile. WAKE UP AMERICA!

G.   June 1st, 2009 8:40 pm ET

I know nothing about this story or its details. I thought the husband's story was sweet. That's my big insight. I hope the great country of N. Korea chooses to have mercy. Reporters tend to be too nosy to me. I think celebrities feel the same way. I think it would be kind if N. Korea freed them, but its their choice of course. Thanks for your time.

John K.   June 1st, 2009 8:48 pm ET

"John" writes: May 30th, 2009 10:46 pm ET
I believe that if the reporters were white, we would see a lot more of an outcry to get them out, even invade the country. But since they are Asian, who cares?

Just... What the F*ck, man? I think you are in a wrong place here, 18th century South Carolinian.

Joanne Osinkowski Ontario Canada   June 1st, 2009 8:55 pm ET

Lisa What were they doing in North Korea.??? What business did they have there..????

Janet McIntosh   June 1st, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Is Al Gore helping with this situation?

marmoney   June 1st, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I say torture them so america can get a taste of what they are doing to others in the world...if they do that watch how fast everyone thinks it's bad and moves to do something about it.

kevin   June 1st, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Lisa, your sister is a wonderful journalist

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:11 pm ET

@ John K.

We are already in 2 wars... we do NOT need to be in 3 wars. I live very close to the DPRK border in China 4 months of the year. It is heavily guarded. I would NEVER cross the border. I take full responsibility. I have been caught in a war where people were shooting at each other as a child. I fully know that we cannot expect the USA to bail me out if I go to a place and it suddenly goes to war. You always risk when you travel. To go somewhere knowing those consequences is very foolish. My recommendation is to solicit China's help. They have been pretty good with negotiating with the DPRK.

angela   June 1st, 2009 9:11 pm ET

She had to have known the risk factor. Noisy ambitious reporters mixed with a crazy megalamaniac attention seeking neurotic dictator doth not a good match make. Yeah Lisa we should open communications up, under the direction and guide of our President not your sister.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:13 pm ET

sorry John K... I was addressing John....

kevin   June 1st, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I have faith that Pres. Obama will get them home

W Cobane   June 1st, 2009 9:15 pm ET

In the past, former UN Ambassador Bill Richardson has had success in obtaining the release of Americans being held by foreign governments. Has anyone contacted Ambassador Richardson to see if he can intercede with North Korea in hope of gaining their freedom?

Toni Everetti   June 1st, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I hope all the Liberals realize that the world isn't a pretty place and this is what happens when you leave Western Countries. America can't fight the world's wars anymore and the Europeans should grow a spine and put more political pressure on rogue states. N Korea is a loose cannon and must be dealt with accordingly. Unfortunately, I highly doubt this situation will be resolved peacefully unless America and her 'allies' make a stand.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I feel sorry for the women and family... However, we all need to take responsibility for our behaviors! (period) Just because we are from the USA does not give us the right to violate other countries! Even though we do that all the time as a government!

Bob   June 1st, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Didn't they realize there was a risk of being kidnapped in North Korea? They're not the first, and sadly probably not the last.

Sandra Robertson, GA   June 1st, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Lisa, I pray for Laura's safe return. I know your heart aches for longing to see and hold your sister in your arms again. I also pray for Euna Lee's safe return to her husband and to her little girl, Hannah. God Bless.

angela   June 1st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

They will not harm these girls, in the end it will just be an event that publically establishes Lisas sister. You can hardly expect rationale form this ruler, he loves attention and that is exactly what the Ling sisters are giving him now.

Jon   June 1st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Best to deal with the Chinese. They have influenece there.

Lisa   June 1st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers are with these two families and I am mortified by some of the postings here.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

The sister should be very grateful that she was even able to receive ONE letter!!!

Josh Fox   June 1st, 2009 9:19 pm ET

How ridiculous. The country is so set on "protecting themselves" they're gonna arrest every american visitor. Such a great way to have the world admire you as a great country. How could they get any better? Maybe they should shoot off some short range ballistic missiles in the Sea of Japan. Or perhaps build some nuclear reactors and violate UN policies. I love communism. I'll pray for North Korea tonight. God bless the poor citizens of such a treacherous country.

Nicki   June 1st, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I don't think they should have gone to North Korea. I feel bad they're detained but it was a concequence and they probably knew the risk involved. My prayers that they will be released unharmed. North Korea is an inevitable evil that needs to be taken down.

Jane   June 1st, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I watch Current TV and have admired what the journalists create. This channel seems to cater to the demographic that's focused more on expanding their world view – largely viewers 18-35. I'm shocked that there isn't a movement, at least from these audience members, to gain support from our government to remove these journalists.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:22 pm ET

@ angela

You are absolutely correct in some ways... I suspect the DPRK will use this as a means to show the WORLD that the people from the USA do NOT respect other countries and their culture and traditions... It might end up us as a country looking again very bad to the world as we are one more time... violating another country!!!

Johnny Boy   June 1st, 2009 9:22 pm ET

This is sad, as this is where N.Korea can make the US pay for it's arrogance. The US is guilty of violating the Geneva Convention guidelines for the last several years by torturing innocent citizens of foreign countries. The world has condemned these acts, yet the torture continued, until President Obama stopped the torture. Now, the US has to ask N. Korea to do something that the US is will not do: release foreign citizens that are being held by US controlled forces. I hope that North Korea will rise above American foreign policy and release the women.

Sara Petersen   June 1st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Are the two ladies detained together in North Korea, or are they isolated from each other?

Lisa   June 1st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Our family strongly supports these women. Bring them home!

chris   June 1st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

FREE THESE WOMEN!!! stop playing with this ridiculous country, do you really think diplomancy will work, yah they really have a great track record of humanitarian treatment, NOW THEY HAVE a couple AMERICANS!!! Oh what horrors await these poor women, please dont wait to find out...

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

These women are warriors in the fight against repressive governments- they deserve our full support- and deserve to be rescued!

Terri   June 1st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Enough is enough N. Korea! This is not a sole issue. This is just a tiny part of major issues with N. Korea. Reporters are our eyes to the world. They should be exempt from this type of thing.

What is reporters didn't go to Viet Nam? What if reporters didn't go to report on the genocides in Africa?

Yes, it's a dangerous job but a necessary one. This isn't her hobby and it's not "just" a risky job. It's a necessary one. How else will we know what's going on in the world. We need more brave and objective reporters.

I'm praying for your families.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Yes, We are technically STILL at WAR with the DPRK!!!

phong   June 1st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

They have been held for 3 months. What Obama is going to do besides usual talks to help free those who voted for him? I guess N. Korea is well aware that the US cannot do much against them besides talks.

Anjali   June 1st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

My heart goes out to the 4 year old girl and i wish the families good luck

Terri   June 1st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Some of the postings here are shocking. I'm amazed and shocked at the ignorance of the American people. Educate yourselves.

You act as if someone was ill mannered at a tea party for heaven's sake. Do you really not understand the implications of what's going on here?

Please, tell me you're kidding...Please.

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Their race has nothing to do with this. They are doing the dirty work the world needs them to do. Without reporters risking their lives for the truth, the population would never know of the horrible truths that exist in this world.

Donna DeBerry   June 1st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I have worked with Lisa on stories for theOprah and my heart goes out to her. I know that Lisa is a gift from God, she reports on such incredible human interest stories.

I am committed to bloging about this to enlighten people and ask people to cry out to the government to begin diplomatic conversations around the release of her sister Laura and Euna Lee.

You will be united again!

We love you Lisa and here to support you.

Paul Maracina   June 1st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Acts such as these will likely lead to another conflict in Asia

angela   June 1st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I just can t help but think somebody was trying to emulate their older sister, especially since Lisa previously sneaked in herself.

Lisa   June 1st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I am disgusted by the insensitive comments, how would you like it if this was your sister? Even if you didn't approve of their choice? We must honor the reporters all over this globe, who try to get the truth out to the world about some of its darkest corners. The people of N.Korea are horribly oppressed, someone needed to go in there and try and find out what is going on in order to help the people there. They are heroines.

I wonder if some of those who criticize these women and show know sensitivity at all are even blogging from inside the united states?

chris   June 1st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Violation?? they probably made a stupid mistake, N Korea has taken advantage of it and will hold us hostage. A SANE country would tell them to get out and make sure to observe where they are so they dont break the rules..But NO not N they are spies or someother kind of evil the North will make up...GET THEM OUT! And you people who are defending the North Koreans...I have no words of discust I can put here in print for you...they are to vial

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

angela- I would agree if it is Kim Jong Il that is still running the show. Unfortunately, that may not be the case, and whoever is, may be much worse than the Dear Leader.

Edite Lynch   June 1st, 2009 9:29 pm ET

It is unconsionable that a country like North Korea has the inhumanity to detain 2 interested journalists just doing their work and have chosen them to prove to the world how big and smart they are. They are playing like school yard bullies who have terrible self-esteem. If they want to look good in the eyes of the world they should just return these innocents to their families and children. How can they keep a mother from a 4 year old daughter. Shame on them.

Iggs   June 1st, 2009 9:29 pm ET

This situation will be resolved regardless of diplomacy issues or race. Lisa Ling is famous. That's all Americans need to hear to get them to spring into action.

Brad   June 1st, 2009 9:29 pm ET

These girls have floated accross the river/border, before, and reported on north korea on current tv.
They shouldnt be there taunting a goofy country.

Lisa   June 1st, 2009 9:29 pm ET

What exactly were these women doing sneaking into North Korea? Are they surprised they're being tried as spies??

C.M.   June 1st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

John, this isn't a white vs. Asian issue. I think there's been good coverage of Laura Ling's story. Stop igniting flames of racial tension where there aren't any to begin with!

Jeff   June 1st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I wonder if North Korean officials can see this show. This could be more effective than diplomacy.

Nicole   June 1st, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Hope this ends well. Hopefully they will be trying to explain this to the four year old. All this publicity must be very confusing to her.

angela   June 1st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

In some ways we are our own worst enemies Dodie, somebody foolishly stirs the pot, then we have to go in and clean up and thats where the trouble starts.

Liz   June 1st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

my hope is that as we were able to free the journalist from IRAN that we will be equally successful in returning these young women to the U S A

bruno lambert   June 1st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

While I feel for these women, let me reiterate that no one can enter North Korea by mistake and I fear these barely known reporters were just looking to score a scoop, because this is they way big money is achieved these days in this business. The US maintain contact with North Korea thru China, such as the US maintain contact with Iran thru Switzerland.
Tonight's show should be about GM, which is really the sad scoop of the day where the US have to admit to their economic defeat.

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I would be in favor of sending the SEALS in to get these women back. I'm tried of N. Korea's antics. It's nearly time to stop being so concerned with their feelings just because they have nukes. The U.S. is being bullied by one of the most pathetic regimes this world has ever witnessed.

Veronica   June 1st, 2009 9:34 pm ET

My heart is with these families, and I am hoping with them. To the families: While you may lack an immediate support group outside your family circles, I will be thinking of you and praying for the safe return of Laura and Euna until this series of events is resolved. You can be sure that countless others across the country feel the same way.

D&D   June 1st, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Let's hope that the two held reporters come home safely.

Jason K   June 1st, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Was planning to volunteer in N Korea but now we are hesitating.

Lisa81   June 1st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Shoot, there is another Lisa here. The last two lisa comments are mine. I will call myself Lisa81 to differentiate

Rocky Johnson   June 1st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

What can the public do to help the two girls out.

Olivia Austin   June 1st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

We should be more open to discussions to Korea

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Lets also not get to comfortable with the idea that N. Korea will just let them go. Have none of us heard of the Japanese kidnappings?

John V.   June 1st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

First, my heart goes out to the girls, and their families. Second, how stupid of of them to entered a country like that. I wouldn't even enter Vietnam or any of those unlawful countries. Third, com'on USA, what are you waiting for? What are your Green Berets, and your Seals are good for? Send them in there, and take down some North Koreans. You brag about how good you are, but you're not doing anything. Finally, best of luck those girls, and hope to see them home soon.

Susan   June 1st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

We've watched Laura on Vanguard and on other Current TV programs. We hope she and Euna are released immediately. We've known about it since it happened, and we have wondered why we've heard so very little from the media about it.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

NO.. Larry... NO Absoutely NOT! We are technically at WAR with the DPRK.

We need to request the help of China if they are willing to negotiate. I am not even sure they would; because we had no business being in the DPRK. People from other countries mandate more responsibility for the person's behaviors.

Jett Mitchell-Rose   June 1st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

It seems that the whole fiasco with North Korea is entirely devoid of humanity, hopefully on June 4th the efforts to secure the release will pay off.

m ike Myer   June 1st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Things like this will happen we have a weak president in Obama

chris   June 1st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Maybe North Korea needs to let a nuke fly in anyones direction {seeing that they cant make them work correctly) and kill a bunch of innocents, hopefully it would land in China, maybe then they would control that monster that they live vicariously through...

Ken   June 1st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Hopefully, they are treated fairly, and released safely.

Emma   June 1st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I have a strange feeling that we will be at war soon with N. Korea? How do you feel about this!?

Charles   June 1st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

North Korea's release of these innocent journalists would be seen as a fine humanitarian gesture here in the US.

Iggs   June 1st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

posting here is kind of pointless when you only show the same 3 posts

Rev. Victor F   June 1st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

My prayers of support for both women and their families. As a veteran of Korean service in the seventies, I witnessed to the instabillity and irrational "cult" nature of North Korea's leadership. Our only hope for lasting peace and stability in the region is to reunite the older Koreans (50 plus) on both sides who long for this and who have not been brain washed by the propaganda and cult reinforcement.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:39 pm ET

angela June 1st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

In some ways we are our own worst enemies Dodie, somebody foolishly stirs the pot, then we have to go in and clean up and thats where the trouble starts.

I completely agree with you.

It is tragic regarding their family. These two women needed to "think" about their family then, before sneaking across the border! It would be analogous to sneaking into Germany during WWII and trying to interview Hitler!

Ron San Bruno Ca   June 1st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Is it possible that North Korea is aware of the connection with Al Gore, and do you also think that this is more then meets the eye .

Karen Z.   June 1st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

i'm very sorry to hear about Laura and Euna. I send my well wishes to your two families.

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

How long should we allow ourselves to be pushed around by N. Korea? Why do we have so much patients with such intolerance and brutality? Are we not the USA, the superpower? Lets end this embarrasement.

Nick   June 1st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I hope these people are okay and get back safely.

jessica l   June 1st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

FREE LAURA AND EUNA!!!!!!!!!! These are wonderful strong women who have a passion for brining us such wonderful stories.

angela   June 1st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry is really allowing the families air time to make their appeals, they are lucky to have LKL and Larry.

chris   June 1st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I cant believe some of the blogs on here, I just cant believe it.. torture them? scold them and tell them its what they deserve, If Ive read this they probably werent even in N Korea, No wonder this country is in trouble...

Lisa81   June 1st, 2009 9:43 pm ET "no" sensitivity at all, is what I meant.

It is hard to believe that anyone inside the US would not support these women.

All the best to their families. I am sure we will get them back.

Sam   June 1st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

They knew the risk but were willing to take this as an adventure. What else can we say? They are adults and not young girls. They wanted to make a name for themselves. In life there are choices and sometimes the consequences can be hard to swallow. This is something we should all learn from.

Evelyn Payton   June 1st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The North Koreans should be above holding these two women and should not consider that this has anything to do with their primary issues with the U.S.

They should agree privately one-on-one with the U.S. State Dept. to release these women and, if they have disagreements with the U.S. Government should deal with the U.S. Gov't about those disagreements. This issue has nothing to do with government issues.

betty   June 1st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

This is such a difficult situation. I applaud the family for coming forward and engaging in dialogue so that we understand the grave danger in which these journalists have found themselves. Free press is one of the cornerstones of this country. We should give these journalists the benefit of the doubt (they were on a legitimate assignment and something clearly went wrong). I find it completely distasteful and inappropriate that bloggers have written that these women deserve to be imprisoned and should even be tortured.

Una Lee Fox   June 1st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

MY name is Una Lee and I am 63 tomorrow. My mothers's name was Anna. I watch current all the time. I love Lisa's sister and all the brave reporters. I have learned more about what is going on in the world from current and vanguard than anywhere else. I don't know how many people my age watch current but I appreciate these young reporter's guts. Let us know how we can help. Let Euna know that i am rooting for her. we are thinking of these two young brave girls

Gayle   June 1st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I may have missed it but what are they charged with?

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

@ chris

Just to put things into perspective. I was discussing with a Chinese national one day... He said when he was a kid; they would all hide in bomb shelters several times a month for practice. So I said.. What were you so afraid of as a country.

He exclaimed. Well.. YOU are the only country in the world that dropped the ATOM bomb and you not only dropped it once, you dropped it twice so we (China) thought we might be next! As an American, it was difficult for me to see things through his eyes. It was an eye-opening experience for me.

Jett Mitchell-Rose   June 1st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

@apostle gary savage

you are absolutely crazy....
You belong next to KJI in NKOREA

angela   June 1st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

They were doing their job according to Bill? Wait a minute, didnt I just see a picture of the Secret Service carrying off an American reporter just trying to do her job?And how is this is leading to conversation about nucleor weapons?

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I don't care how well they are treating them. I want them OUT!

Carlos   June 1st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Why is it ok for them to cross the largest demilitarized zone in the world & expect no consequences?

Jett Mitchell-Rose   June 1st, 2009 9:45 pm ET


"hostile acts"

Allan   June 1st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

They were on assignment and knew the risk. There are guides who bring press into No. Korea to try and expose the human atrocities happening. It's very sad that they are being held and we pray for their safe return.

mark   June 1st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

A great country would show restraint and deport them.

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Not supporting them is like saying social services has no right to remove abused children from the home. N. Korea isn't a simple case of a "difference in culture." They are starving their own through their belligerence. They have imprisoned an entire nation!

angela   June 1st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

You are so correct Dodie dear.

Jonathan   June 1st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The key to a solution: China applying serious pressure.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

@ Ron San Bruno Ca

I suspect the DPRK will use this to show the world how irresponsible we are! and that we do NOT respect any other country!

chris   June 1st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

AGS you are certifiably nuts...

SARA B. FROID   June 1st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Let the American women in North Korea come home!
They are not dangerous. Let them go. Let them go.
Let them come home. Let them go.
Forget any politics. Let them go. Let them come home!
S.B. Froid

viv   June 1st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

N. Korea deserved to be sanctioned heavily by United Nations and to be kicked out of the world. They are just being defiant because they know the world is so concern about playing "politcs" instead of executing the law.

a.c. bagci   June 1st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

TThe leader of North Korea needs to know that the fact that we don't know how the'll react is a reason why world leaders should have on going talks frequently.This is a chance for him to do the right thing,to show how" human" he is.Human trafficing is a problem to an extent everywhere,even in the U.S.The journalists doing their jobs shouldn't be considered a threat.Some things are just about being human.The girl wants her mom.Need we say more>

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Thats a very interesting point. Right now though, our perception of N. Korea should be that they are bullying us with nuclear warheads. It amazes me that we are allowing this!

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Shaun Valentine your analogy is incorrect.

It is like social services trying to remove a person who broke into someone else s home. There is nothing social services could do or have jurisdiction over!

PEGGY A. O"NEILL   June 1st, 2009 9:53 pm ET


chris   June 1st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Hostile acts.... maybe they tried to smack one of those totally silly looking soldiers with a mic or camera..Watching some of the video on the North I couldnt help but see old images of Hitlers soldiers marching in front of that twisted cross..So here we have a hardliner communist that care little for anyone but his own stupid self, with a touch of Hitler added for fun... .50 heavy scope, camo and food for a week...bye bye KJ very ILL....

angela   June 1st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

We can not say we want better relations with other nations then disregard their customs. We may not agree with their culture or customs but it is arrogant to think this type of behavior would have absolutely no ill repurcussions. WE would either be very 1. dumb or 2. disrespectful. Lisa was correct to apologize to mitigate this situation and we will need to play their game now because they hold the HOSTAGES. I really think in the end after they have milked this for all its worth, both women will be home and write best selling books and maybe we wont end up in a war.

Donna DeBerry   June 1st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

What is your ask of the American people?

Donna DeBerry
Austin, Texas

Katherine Barg   June 1st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I wish these girls well and want them home safely. do you "wander" into North Korea? Doesn't sound right. Is the CIA using journalists again to gather info and these girls got caught?

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

@ apostle gary savage


@Shaun Valentine

and what is the DPRK doing to bully us??? They have not lobbed any nukes on our soil. If you remember, we are the ONLY country in the world that dropped 2 nukes on another country!!!

apostle gary savage   June 1st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Larry King Live... Thank You Sincerely, apostle gary savage

@Jett Mitchell-Rose

People said the same about Messiah or Jesus to most people

Nathan   June 1st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I know Laura and she is a good person. I hope she comes home safe soon.

Mike Ploof   June 1st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

These lady's made a bad choice and must be responsible for their actions. They illegally entered N Korea. What did they expect that their camera's would save them? Absolutely not should their situation play at all in any negotiations wrt N Korea nuclear ambitions.

Ashley   June 1st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

My thoughts are with everyone in this situation.

Daniel Kinney   June 1st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

To The Familes You are in my thoughts and my prayers. To the women being held stay strong and know that the United States is behind you. I could not help but get very choked up while the letters from the women were being read. One of them is a Mother, Wife and Daughter as well as someones Aunt, Niece, Sister, Grandchild, Friend, Caregiver, Please Send them back to everyone who needs them. Please We beg of you to see the need of these two humans.
Thank you.

linda   June 1st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

we have been stunned since your familes appearance on this morning 'sToday Show...your united fear only underscores what these two brave women must be enduring.... besides our heartfelt love and concern..what can we as American citizens do to help your effort to bring them home? Linda & Bill Indiana

Angie S   June 1st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

My heart goes out to these 2 families and to Laura and EunaLee. I hope they make it out alive. Unfortunately I believe you must accept when you go to hostile nations like this you are risking your life and you might not make it out alive.I'd feel somewhat irresponsible if I made that choice, but it's certainly their right.
North Korean government is not known for diplomacy – I think our government should try to negotiate and the power of positive prayer does help.
My heart goes out to the Ling parents – both of these women are so brave, but their parents must have many sleepless nights worrying about them. Gob bless all of them.

Dawn   June 1st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

They spoke of how well Sweden is doing.Do they feel let down by America to some degree? I think our bordering allies should show some muscle.

Jaime Rivas   June 1st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Lisa–I'v been following you since Channel One in High school (c/o 96!)–your journalism open my eyes to world politics and news. My heart is with your family and I hope your sister and Euna come home safely–and then tell us what is really going on in N Korea...

aleshia B   June 1st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

i really hope Lisa's sisters are released to their families. I have been a fan of Lisa since the View now I watch you on national geographic. I hope your relatives make it home soon.

awilda ortiz   June 1st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Please, don't lose hope! Be strong.

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Dodie- As a parent, if you believe you should be allowed to beat your child, you would not stand for anyone telling you it;s not allowed. These journalists were exposing an abhorrent crime that is common place in that part of the world. The north feels they have no jurisdiction to meddle in their affairs, but that does not make those crimes any less abhorrent. The crimes should be exposed, and the North should encourage the exposure, not imprisoning those doing what's right.

John Rosendahl   June 1st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

You are all in my thoughts and prayers – and I hope Laura and Euna will soon return safely home.

I have been a fan of the Ling girl's journalism for many years – you have gone to the world's most dangerous places – and have helped educate so many about what is going on in these places. We especially feel for Euna and her husband and daughter, as well.

There are not good enough words to express the gratitude I feel for all the good work all of you have done for the rest of us. I wish there was something I could do – but, at least I can tell you this.

John Rosendahl
Reston, VA

David Dashney   June 1st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

President Obama, is not doing enough to help these girls!

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

How would we respond if Al Qaeda "wondered" into the USA????

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

@ David Dashney

The girls need to be more responsible

chris   June 1st, 2009 10:03 pm ET

How old are you Dodie?? do you know why we dropped them nukes? do you know any of the facts surrounding that time period, while I would never agree it was a good thing to do, I hate Nukes, but it wasnt like today, it was a WORLD WAR against a Monster just like Kim the idiot J ILL, but this monster along with his buddies in Japan who started the war with the US were there to take over the world, like it or not the world has actually become smarter over the years when it comes to nukes..Now they are chess pieces in a very foolish game..But if that war would have been lost I can only imagine what the world would be today...Oh yah and them savage weapons saved thousands and thousands of lives and ended the war...

David Lycon   June 1st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I find it odd that the U.S. and our allies depend on sanctions when dealing with this rogue nation of North Korea. We go into Iraq with guns blazing for what I see as minor issues compared to what North Korea brings, in regard to human rights and WMD's. If anyone deserves to be "liberated", it's the people of North Korea. North Korea needs to be dealt with sooner than later.

Brian   June 1st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I pray that N.Korea releases them soon. And to answer a question i saw on TV, about if they were white would there be a louder outcry? I say yes.

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Dodie-we dropped nukes to save our butts. They drop nukes to show theirs.

DC   June 1st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

N.K. has try to get the UA attention with missiles. and know we know about this. N.K. will do anything to get the UA attention.
As we are a country where we love our people and we protect them wherever they are. Good step from N.K.!
Why were they there in the first place???
Now our country in a position of "weakness" for goodness sake!!
Just think....before you do...I know your feeling, but in the first place why you went there!!
I will not go to N.K. now or in the future! Why we put our own country in this position. We need to take responsabilitity on what we do. In the same "how do we vote". Is our our future!
think before..your vote and your actions involved all of us!
This is not an easy case...N.K. could send a missile to Alaska and there are thousand of lifes in that state. It will be a disaster.
I will pray for these two womens and hope they will be realease soon without any condition from our country.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Chris. Did YOU know that Japan forfitted 6 hours before we dropped the first bomb! Did you know that the orders were to continue to carry out the mission to teach Japan a lesson knowing Japan was defeated!!!! You need to read other books besides the ones written in the USA. You need to live in other countries...

chris   June 1st, 2009 10:09 pm ET

The Peoples democratic Republic???????? lol!!!! I fart in his general direction!!

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Shaun Valentine Japan addressed Washington 6 hours before the bombs were dropped and agreed to the defeat!

I was raised in Hawaii. I know all about what Japan did!

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Shaun Valentine Japan NEVER dropped nukes. They dropped NON nuke bombs... That is even in the American History books...

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Dodie- I'm not sure if thats true or not- but if it is, I call it "Good Foreign Policy."

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 10:13 pm ET

North korea drops to show their butts dodie

Donna McPhillips   June 1st, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Dear Lisa and Family, Just want you to know that we send prayers and hope for the safe return of Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Lisa, you were with us when we adopted our little one in China sharing a wonderful part of our lives and providing support. Lisa ,your kindness and sincerity are very powerful. We are hopeful the North Korean officials will realize the it is in their best interest to return the girls home safely. As you stated perhaps this will open a helpful dialogue. Warm regards, Donna, Gary and Alyssa

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 10:14 pm ET

@ chris

It is people like you that make us "THE UGLY AMERICAN" to the rest of the world...

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Shaun Valentine

the DPRK will make US look like idiots and disrespecting other countries and their people.

Our corporations already do that.. so why not our people ~sigh~

chris   June 1st, 2009 10:16 pm ET

well Dodie, I was at the shrine in Pearl Harbor when I bunch of japanese people came to visit, most of them either thought we were the bad guys or had started the war, Hirohito declared that all japanese fight till the bitter end, battle for Okinawa was a small example of what the battle for the Japanese mainland would have been, Im well traveld thank you, especially in the Orient..Have been told so many times how much people hate americans. I guess 50 to 60 years really makes everything even then...

Shaun Valentine   June 1st, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Dodie- They make us look weak too. Thats the part we should be worried about.

chris   June 1st, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Nothing is ever so simple, but you are wrong Dodie, Im guessing you are young. Its ok many young people are quick to blame the US for everything, not unlike a large portion of the rest of the world...

chris   June 1st, 2009 10:26 pm ET

The US is one of the most giving countries in this world, we are quick to help or try to help almost anyone who needs it, except maybe our own(Katrina yah know) Many of our services go unoticed by most, Its just a good thing we do keep our nose in the buisness of the world, we save many many lives every years with our hard earned money, but nobody want to focus on our aid to this planet only the stupid decisions of our Goverment, the people here are the most generous and caring people on this planet!! and I thank God everyday it a place I call home, Im proud to be an American no matter what we have done past, present, or the future..

chris   June 1st, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Have you seen a pic of me?? I am kinda Ugly, but also give give and give to anything I think is worthy, sponsoring kids, mentoring..its all about being american, but yes you are correct I am kinda ugly...

Martha   June 1st, 2009 10:34 pm ET

What can we do to help? Give us an email address or a phone number. I speak for myself, but I know we can make a difference. Plus all of you in the U.S. some political pressure would make a world of difference for these women in such a terrible circumstance. Wake up people please!!!

LKL, give everyone out there an avenue to help these people. What can we do to help? We will do it!


Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 10:58 pm ET

chris... you are referring to the Arizona Memorial! Yes, all countries brainwash their people including this country! Our corporations brainwash us more than any other country.

We contribute (pay-off) other country's corrupt governments allowing them to further oppress their people. The large and powerful corporate America run this country and wants to run the rest of the world. (Case in point! Do you ever think that the medical insurance companies, who have made trillions of dollars from us ever be eliminated so we will have a one pay system, which everyone could afford???? I doubt I will ever see that in my lifetime) Since you travel to Asia, you know how much people in other countries hate us. Not because they think we are rich. But, because we have NO boundaries. We bully other countries. We bombed Baghdad two different times, who knows how many innocent lives we take. That is never recorded on American news. You should watch CCTV to help balance what you read and hear, here! Check out the income of a hedge fund manager. All the top managers make over one billion dollars a year. That is obscene. And who is paying for all of this... US!!!

I love my country. I just do NOT agree with what we do to other countries and to ourselves. Even crossing the border into the DPRK shows our disrespect for their government! I do not think they will hurt or kill the two women. The DPRK will use this situation to show the world that we have NO respect for anyone!!! Unfortunately, that is true for many of us here.!!!

chris   June 1st, 2009 11:12 pm ET

We always pay, one way or another, do you think if George W hadnt run this country for 8 years we would be having this conversation? Probably not or not to this extent, but I wont use 8 years of a moron running this country to make the US the scapegoat for all that is bad in this you..

Martha   June 1st, 2009 11:38 pm ET


I notice a lot of back-and-forth from your regular contributors but how can that possibly help Lisa Ling's sister and her co-journalist? We need to help them: it seems stupid to waste time with these idiots, when some real good could be done – information could reach people who are serious and have the intellectual ability to understand the situation.
Sheesh, let's get some real content happening – how to help these women in distress!

Thank you.

Dodie ~ California   June 1st, 2009 11:47 pm ET

Chris... You want to go to war with everyone so we don't look weak. You were born 200 years too late! You do not even know me and you are labeling me "bad" No wonder we are in such a mess.... Good Grief.

CHARLE   June 2nd, 2009 12:03 am ET

WHY? Has anyone asked why? This story is just now breaking??
They were imprisoned two or three months ago. Now only 3days before there trial starts, Larry King gets the story?? How come CURRENT TV never broke this story? Come on theres no excuse for this!!! This story should have broke more than two months ago. CURRENT TV WHERE ARE YOU??? Independent MEDIA????? WHY

Lynda Langlois   June 2nd, 2009 12:15 am ET

My heart goes out for these families and the urgency of the horrific situation is beyond comprehension.
What has always struck me as that Lisa LIng is a person of seeming great depth of character and not knowing her sister up until know, you can see that they are from the same mold.
They are the public figures that should be the role models for young women. To seek out the truth, the inhumanity in the world, to not settle for a talk show panel, to know that there is a deeper meaning and again, should be the "inspiration" of any young women who wonders about their life goals. Lisa and her sister certainly have had a great upbringing. I applaude you in this time of constant grief and I hope that this is resolved with the 2 news women's release.

Rosie   June 2nd, 2009 12:17 am ET

Sec Clinton, Please get these girls out of there, please!

Shannon   June 2nd, 2009 12:17 am ET

I will pray for your family, I Know The Lord Does Answers Prayers!!!...

I have first hand knowledge of this!.

Love in Christ

The Muise Family

Tansy   June 2nd, 2009 12:21 am ET

Free Laura & Euna!! I am a huge fan of their work and my heart is breaking for you all. So many people care about Laura & Euna and are praying for their safe return. I applaud you for your strength and urge everyone to write their representatives and Hillary Clinton to call for increased diplomacy with N. Korea to bring these innocent journalists home. To those on this blog who have no sympathy, remember your family and how you would feel if someone you loved was being held captive for doing their job and helping others.

MARCUS   June 2nd, 2009 12:22 am ET

Why would you ask Euna Lee's husband his occupation at a time like this?

Bec   June 2nd, 2009 12:25 am ET

I hope the girls come home sae & sound very soon. I am so glad that this story is finally coming out – I heard about it when they were taken "hostage" & for the life of me couldn't figure out why no one was carrying the story espeically after they started shooting off missles & the test. And for you "informed" people writing on this blog maybe you should to get the facts straight – no one crossed the border on purpose it was a frozen lake with no border crossing or line or markers. And as for "getting what they deserve" what a caring soul you are. My prayers go out to your families & I hope all goes well in court and they will be released.

Christa Miller   June 2nd, 2009 12:29 am ET

Hi Lisa- My prayers are with you and your extended family. If there is anything at all I can do to help, please let me know.

Ricardo Madrigal   June 2nd, 2009 12:29 am ET

Is this a retaliation of Lisa's show of North Korea she did in past years?

Jesse   June 2nd, 2009 12:29 am ET

This is when we need a like George W. Bush. He knows what it takes to protect a country and its citizens, regardless of race/gender.

Lois   June 2nd, 2009 12:29 am ET

I don't know if your family prays...but this would be the time to forego any challenges with religion and pray to God for help with the ladies release. P.U.S.H. : Pray Until Something Happens

J   June 2nd, 2009 12:33 am ET

This is when we need a President like George W. Bush. He knows what it takes to protect a country and its citizens, regardless of race/gender.

Sean   June 2nd, 2009 12:34 am ET

We should send the US Special Forces in to rescue these US citizens and bring them home. This is unacceptable. I bet they would have been released already if they were a congressmen or senators daughter.

Mahli   June 2nd, 2009 12:35 am ET

I'm hoping that they will come home soon! Good for them that they had the guts to report about what they believe to be the injustices of the world...good for them and come back home safe!

MARCUS   June 2nd, 2009 12:40 am ET

I believe United States should get more involved in this situation.North Korea I believe is holding the women because President Obama spoke on behalf of the U.N. about nuclear weapons.

Anne Barounos   June 2nd, 2009 12:40 am ET

N Korean leader Kim watches CNN. Dear Leader, take this opportunity to show the West what a great and kind nation N Korea is - please release the journalists on humanitarian grounds.

Carolyn Maxey   June 2nd, 2009 12:41 am ET

Our thoughts and prayers are with Laura and Euna,and their families.

Patricia E. Chitty   June 2nd, 2009 12:42 am ET

I am so glad that you spoke out tonight. I have felt all along that world pressure could make a difference. I do not think the US will be effective because we have a stand off situation and we will maintain it till hell freeze over. If the media will help and it reaches China, So Korea etc it will reach No Korea. You all hang on and we will pray with you. You did the right thing going public tonight. God bless you.

CHARLE   June 2nd, 2009 12:43 am ET

Two Pawns!! The waiting around to get this story out is suspect to me.
They are being held becuase they probably decided to take a RISK that they are responsible for. I applaud them for doing a story on Trafficking of women, but come one people. They where not to bright to step onto NORTH KOREA territority.
Now they are pawns in a major GAME going on.

Robert Moreland   June 2nd, 2009 12:51 am ET

I will keep your loved ones in my heart, thought, and prayers.
I don't know what NK hopes to achieve by holding them, but it will gain more from clemency and release.

Miranda   June 2nd, 2009 12:55 am ET

This seems to be a very concerned family and all they are asking is to have their family members back. Please North Korea, let them come home safely.

Wadi   June 2nd, 2009 12:56 am ET

So much for tact! I was just listening to Bill Richardson talking to Larry King about Laura Ling/Euna Lee's case, and what was interesting to me is that shortly after criticizing Bush for being insulting to the N. Korean gvt, he concluded by insulting them as well!

Hector   June 2nd, 2009 12:56 am ET

We need to do whatever it takes to get these two journalists back. We also need to take REAL and if necessary military measures to control this criminal and backward regime.

Barb   June 2nd, 2009 12:59 am ET

I know it is too late to get this comment in due to being on the West Coast but I just had to say something. These idiots saying the girls deserve what they get, etc. obviously have never had anyone in a bad situation.
All four of my brothers were in Viet Nam and many of our friends and relatives. Regardless of which communist country you are in, horrible conditions exist. So bad, in fact, my oldest brother won't talk about his experiences as he stayed and tended my youngest brother until his death in Da Nang. The twins won't say much either unless they have had a little too much to drink and then it is still very guarded.
I want those people who think it is neat or whatever to say they deserve what they are getting, I want to say – would you trade places with them? Would you be willing to go into the places these courageous women have been?
If you have not been in the situation, please do not open your mouths and spout garbage.
Have you heard the saying "Walk a mile in my shoes"? It's very important that you take that into account and keep your mouths closed.

Kat Ko   June 2nd, 2009 1:01 am ET

It is so sad to see all those negative comments regarding both reporters. If it weren't for journalist like Lee and Ling we would be unaware of the atrocities around the world. They give a voice to all those who are unable to stand up for themselves; My greatest sympathy to both families.

Jay Coba   June 2nd, 2009 1:06 am ET

Mrs. Ling,
My prayers are with you and your family. I am a recent retired U.S. Army service woman and I would put my boots back on to bring your sister & Euna home. I know that we have to be careful with N. Korea but this story should have broke the moment it happen. The U.S. can not permit this, we need to put some pressure on N. Korea using intelligent words. How can I help from Texas?

Bec   June 2nd, 2009 1:53 am ET

@ Barb – I couldn't have said it better myself thank you!! My dad was in Nam & he's the same way about not speaking of the war. I would like thank your borthers for their service to our country to allow all these "commentors" – including the rude & ridulous one to be said. I just that they'd realize that they have this right because of the service & sacrifices of all the servicemen/woman & the family that stay behind & love & support them.

stephanie   June 2nd, 2009 1:56 am ET

I'm so proud of the family for speaking out.

C.M.   June 2nd, 2009 2:13 am ET

"If they were white, would we see more concern?"

This is such an irritating and embarrassing "question". You need to over this victimization mentality. There is a lot of national support and concern for Laura Ling's ordeal (as someone else correctly pointed out, Lisa Ling's celebrity status pushes the story up on the national radar) - stop dragging race into this!

chris   June 2nd, 2009 3:10 am ET

Some of the most racist people just cant stop talking about it, it seams to dominate thier thoughts..This thing is political and a crime in my mind..Boots back on in a sec to help these ladies! And do or die till they come home!!

Elaine   June 2nd, 2009 3:39 am ET

This mad man kim jong needs to step in and release these woman

Josh   June 2nd, 2009 3:44 am ET

I believe that our government, if necessary the highest level of our government including President Obama should be in some sort of contact with the North Korean government with regard to the two American journalists who are being detained in North Korea. The government in the United States should have already acknowledged this situation and it should not be left up to these poor girls families to to do so. Resolving this situation and protecting the safety of these women should be at the top of President Obamas desk.

Dee   June 2nd, 2009 3:51 am ET

Has N Korea proven these two ladies are "spies" – if not, what grounds do they really have other than them defending themselves rightfully. I mean, don't they have to have some type of proof they are "spies" ?

I think they are holding them "hostage" for the sake of another war. Trying to provoke us. If this is not true and they really have no proof they are spies and the other charges are fake then they should allow the two go home.

I think N Korea should have some good faith in these two ladies what they say are true and everyone else is saying. Sounds ignorant.

Keep your faith and trust in God and be hopeful.

Lisa   June 2nd, 2009 4:04 am ET

I've been watching the show and I would like to share my support and how sorry I am for these families. Please, contact any national Japanese television chanel and inquire about 8 japanese citizens that were held in North Korea for about 30 years, they were actually kidnapped in Japan, taken to N. Korea and lived most of their lives out there and even started families over that country. Somehow they managed to come back to Japan 3 or 4 years ago, but they were not allowed to bring their North korean family members along. Japanese governement and media has detailed information on how that situation was handled and those people now are living in Japan.
There is a hope, please stay strong and positive. Bless you.

Anne   June 2nd, 2009 4:19 am ET

Would US release an arab who was accused in spionage? no, they would have a trial, and if they find him not guilty, they will release him!

Same with the N. Korea, they are having a trial and if the girls are lucky they will get out, I really am concerned about the two of them and my whole church is prayng for those two, but you cannot accuse N. Korea for what they are doing. They are a coiuntry that has their own rules, some of them too strict and stupi, but the two of them knew what might happen!

I wouldn't call them heroes as many people mentioned here, they are not heroes, innocent yes, but not heroes. Theyr acts were reckless and all we can do is sit, pray and hope for the best.

And people should realise that US has no power over it. As much as i wish they could, but they don't.
Thay can't send troops in and resque them. That would be not respectful to the laws of N.Korea and just cause more conflicts and start a war. I don't want there to be war. Amercians think " Yeah, lets have a war, kill that country!"
But u do realize the familis and children and all the innocent ppl living in N.Korea...My grandmother lives in a Russian city that borders with N.Korea, if there is a war to break out....then my family feel the effects...The Chinese will also get dragged in and S-Korea will get it the worst!
So no, i pray for no war! No more innocent ppl must suffer, i want the girls to be freed, even if they have to go thrue trial...I know ppl who post comments here post them thrue big emotions, but u must think clearly, a trial is only natural, any other country would do the same! Im not sayng that what N.Korea is doing is fair for the girls and the familys but what would u expect from a country with strict policy, if u disobey the rules ( wich reportes do!) and get caught, you have to face the consiquences....
But i don't want ppl to call the girls stupid, thy did what they did, they got caught.

Marian   June 2nd, 2009 5:05 am ET

Just get these women out and back to their families. Surely there are some of "out of work" guerillas waiting for their next gig that would be more than happy to help out. Not knowing the out come of the so called trial must be overwhelming for both families. Thank goodness for their Swiss contacts.

Evy   June 2nd, 2009 5:35 am ET

We wish a world of fairness and love. Pls free this journalists!

elizabeth   June 2nd, 2009 5:48 am ET

I wish Larry & his guests would stop referring to the journalists as "girls." They are women–professionals, wives, mothers, sisters, daughters.

Sudi   June 2nd, 2009 5:52 am ET

Our prayers are with these women. I wonder how safe is our world when people responsible for Indian Parliament attacks are freed in Pakistan.. Who will be hold responsible for another terrorist attack in India.. God Bless us all.

aisha   June 2nd, 2009 6:05 am ET

please people who comment .. don't insult N korea it doesn't help the girls .. for sure it will not help to release them.. insulting N korea and their government may make it more difficult for the people who are trying to release the girls .. look at the girls family they are calm and even saying sorry for what the girls did..... it is not about who is wrong or right it is about doing the best to help the girls to be free

Rod   June 2nd, 2009 6:09 am ET


Not one of your better interviews regarding the two American reporters being held in North Korea. As an American expat living in Seoul I gringed at the lack of preparedness for this broadcast. Not only North Korea be acused of being a "hermit" kingdom; America should look beyond their borders as well - not a strong suit. Your question towards the end of the show asking if there were any known "defectors" who have ever told about what life is like in North Korea sadly highlighted that your producers did not do their "legwork". There is an excellent book available - "The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag" by Kang Chol-Hwan that gives a riveting portrayal of life in that country.

Anita Sjögren   June 2nd, 2009 6:50 am ET

As I happened to be in NK (as a tourist) when the two US women were arrested,
and after watching your interesting show on the subject this morning (in Sweden),
I wish to tell you that BBC World was available at our hotel – but alas not CNN.

No, they don't trust the Americans (and Japanese...), we were told over and over again.

Joseph   June 2nd, 2009 7:28 am ET

Actually, they were reporting on China. They were found by a North Korean patrol on the China/North Korean water border, where there is no official demarcation. Their camera crew escaped while they were caught. North Korea says they were "spying" on their country.

gayle jackson   June 2nd, 2009 9:41 am ET

In this age of many news reporters there are few that when they report I feel a connection to and Lisa Ling is one of them.Of course I knew very little about her family life but I hated to find out this sad part of it-I have a sister and can't imagine what this time must be like for all of them.I have no profound words of comfort only my sincere concern.And I will keep her sister and the other reporter in my prayers as well as the extented family.

Spelunker   June 2nd, 2009 10:25 am ET

Laura Ling's sister Lisa just lied on Larry King's show, (and Laura's husband told the same lie on the TODAY show) when they say that nobody else knows what happened on March 17 at the Tumen River border area. Mitch Koss was there (he's the executive producer from Current TV)

When is Mitch Koss going to go on CNN and tell the truth about what happened? (He was the eyewitness who eluded capture by the North Koreans and went home after a very brief detainment in Beijing.)
If Mitch Koss does not come forward with his version of events then the world must wait for North Korea's court to present the prosecution evidence at the trial.

Elaine   June 2nd, 2009 10:31 am ET

To HELL with north korea

you have a murderering crazy man
as president
the man is insane
to hell with him too

Spelunker   June 2nd, 2009 10:41 am ET

Who is this "Dodie" dodo in California who claims to have a home 176 miles from the China-North Korea border and says that area is "heavily armed with soldiers on both sides" TOTAL RUBBISH! China has no troops stationed at the border; only a few sentries.
North Korea doesn't have troops lined up at the China border either.
It's the border with South Korea that is heavily armed. Maybe this absent-minded Dodo has a nest in Seoul.

What is this weird language Dodie writes: "Tamin kěàide!"
It ain't Mandarin Chinese because "kěàide" means 'cute', not 'foolish' and the word for 'they' is "tamen", not "tamin".

jess   June 2nd, 2009 5:22 pm ET

God bless these women. They were not causing harm to anyone. God bless them and bring them home where they belong. Alive and well.

Can't Believe it   June 4th, 2009 1:59 am ET

Hello! is anyone home?
Why on earth would anyone with a brain go to an ENEMY country? And one called N Korea at that. Jeeze, MENTALLY ILL wants to blow the whole planet up! Didn't anyone in the LING household know this?
Why did Lisa not STOP Laura from going in the first place. It's like you can't close the barn door – once the horse has bolted!
There's journalists, and then, there's STUPID journalists.

Marie   June 4th, 2009 10:19 am ET

My thoughts and prayers are with Laura Ling , Euna Lee and their family. I am appalled by some of the postings.
"Its better to have a heart with out words than words without a heart".

Kathy   June 8th, 2009 11:01 am ET

The State Department"s negotiating team should include Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jordan and a few rock music stars thrown in for good measure. This will hold great appeal to the President of Korea, who eats very well, while his people starve. No use negotiating with a mad man. Daze him, then run.

James   June 17th, 2009 9:49 am ET

I have to think the purpose of history is so we can learn from past mistakes. Are we gonna appease NK just like we did Germany?? Like Hitler, it should be much easier to stop NK now, rather than wait till it's almost too late. Let's revisit the history of the world from 1933 through 1945 and figure out how to deal with this current problem.

Ashling   June 22nd, 2009 8:19 am ET

Is it possible to get an address to send letters to laura? I understand that her family sends her letters everyday. I would like to send my support to her everyday also. If this is not possible I understand, its just something that I thought I could do to help.

Mary Brand   July 11th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

Some of the things I read make me think that Americans do not use their brains for thinking. First, both women are American citizens bringing injustices to the forefront. That is commendable. However, they took a risk and in our modern times with the internet and news seen around the world, N. Korea will let you in the country the second time and then punish you for interferring with their way of life. We can comment on things we do not feel are just about other cultures but we are not the culture police for every culture in the world. Everything within our own country is not just, so before we run around the world telling others what they should do we should clean up our own space of the world.
I do hope that the N.Korean government shows them mercy and allows them to leave the country. I do hope they think through their next adventure because it could be their last.

Anita Sjögren   July 12th, 2009 3:18 am ET

Secretary of State Clinton says she hopes the two women will be granted amnesty which indicates the beginning of the end of this sad story. NK wants an apology and will then release them after having treated its US captives better than its own citizens...

Laurie LaTocha   August 4th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

We should celebrate the release of these women, however we should not celebrate what these women did. They violated another country's borders and knew what they were doing. The U.S. and its taxpayers have paid countless dollars to get them released, not to mention the political cost to our country.

To the journalistic community, DO NOT hold these young reporters up an example to future and current reporters. While journalists should try to get great stories, they should understand the consequences of violating the laws, borders and customs of other countries.

For reference, I attended a journalism college and took many journalism courses.

Kathy   August 5th, 2009 1:04 am ET

I am happy to hear that the two journalists who crossed illegally into North Korea were freed. However, I believe they were irresponsible in their action to cross the border. Perhaps they were thinking only of getting "their story" rather than the problems they could cause the United States by taking such action. They only further jeopardized an already difficult relationship between the U.S. and N. Korea.

Anita Sjögren   August 6th, 2009 4:56 am ET

Hopefully, the two border-crossing women won't be treated as heroes.
And, hopefully, they will tell us their whole story and nothing but the truth...

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