North Korea has reportedly pardoned and released jailed journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee after they had been previously convicted for allegedly entering the country illegally. Former President Bill Clinton arrived earlier and met with Kim Jong-Il, apparently apologizing for the “hostile acts” committed by the two journalists.
I’m very glad for Ling, Lee, and their families. Let’s be honest, though – Clinton didn’t just show up and work his sweet charm to get the journalists released on the spot. Some deal was worked out beforehand, and just what that deal was will probably come to light at some point. Indeed, the LA Times is saying that a mission was being planned as soon as the journalists were seized. Again, it’s great that they’ve been released. Let’s just be realistic about the methods of action.