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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    unless it is found he did something really stupid
    Having said that I cannot be too sympathetic... I definitely feel for what he's about to go through.

    I can't imagine even the North Koreans being too hard on him physically given his age.

    But chances are they will go after him from a mental perspective... and try to get him to admit to war crimes of some nature, this will be to the benefit of the regime if he does so.

    What did he do that was stupid?

    Enter North Korea.

    Again as Dem said this is incredibly rare especially for a tour group, I almost did it myself, my fascination with North Korea even amazes me sometimes but in his particular case... he is a Korea War Veteran and what he did was incredibly risky by entering the country.

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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Kim Jong Un just wants someone to hang with.
    I'd like to see Un hang with someone.
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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Called it:

    BBC News - US veteran held in North Korea 'confesses' to crimes

    A US citizen detained for more than a month in North Korea has confessed to committing "indelible crimes" against the state, say state media.The official Korean Central News Agency said Merrill Newman had ordered the deaths of North Korean soldiers and civilians in the 1950-53 Korean War.
    It published what it described as a "statement of apology" by Mr Newman.
    Mr Newman, now 85, did serve during the Korean War but his family say he is the victim of mistaken identity.
    Pyongyang's state media has routinely publicised alleged apologies from previous American detainees, which cannot be independently verified, says the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul.
    Authorities have previously been accused of coercing confessions from detainees.
    Some observers say Mr Newman's alleged confession could allow North Korea to release him without formal legal proceedings


    So there is some hope for the gentleman.

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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    In the apology, Newman describes how he wanted to meet “surviving soldiers and pray for the souls of the dead soldiers” involved in the Korean War. If he met any surviving soldiers, he planned to put them in touch with members of the Kuwol Partisan Comrades-in-Arms Association who had escaped to South Korea, the apology said.

    Newman described how he had asked his tour guide to look for families and relatives of the Comrades-in-Arms group, which is described in the apology as “an anti-Communist strategic plot organization.”

    An e-mail from Newman to friends in South Korea telling them of his impending trip to North Korea and his hopes of meeting with relatives of the partisan group is embedded in the video of the apology.
    http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/worl...zsN/story.html

    comrades-in-arms activist
    appears he brought some of this upon himself
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