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Sat Dec 7, 2013, 03:49 PM

U.S. war veteran released by North Korea returns home

Source: Reuters

An 85-year-old Korean War veteran held for more than a month by North Korea as a war criminal arrived in San Francisco on Saturday to be reunited with his family.

North Korea detained Merrill E. Newman for crimes it accused him of committing during the conflict six decades ago as a member of the U.S. special forces. He was released for humanitarian reasons after he apologized, the country's state news agency said.

Newman flew to China, where he boarded an 11-and-a-half-hour flight home. His United Airlines airlines flight landed at about 9 a.m.

Accompanied by half a dozen police officers, Newman looked to be in good health and held his wife's hand before walking up to a podium to briefly address the press at the airport's arrivals hall.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/07/us-korea-north-newman-idUSBRE9B601O20131207

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dsteve01 Dec 2013 OP
Marrah_G Dec 2013 #1
question everything Dec 2013 #2
Plucketeer Dec 2013 #3
Paladin Dec 2013 #5
JimboBillyBubbaBob Dec 2013 #4

Response to dsteve01 (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 05:46 PM

1. Wow, I am really surprised they let him go.

Glad he is able to come home.

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Response to dsteve01 (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 07:12 PM

2. This is great. Now, will others learn the lesson?

Do not visit North Korea. Do not even get "close" to North Korea, as the two young Current reports did some years back. Do not organize tours in North Korea, where a former tour guide is still in jail.

And while at that region, stay out of Iran, too. Do not go "hiking" on mountains close to Iran - as three Americans did several years ago. Do not go "reporting" as another American woman did some years ago.

Why search for trouble? Especially when family members back home are worried sick.

(Unless, of course, you are CIA operator..)


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Response to question everything (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 7, 2013, 10:48 PM

3. Yeah, that's something I've never understood

How many tales of folks being snatched and detained by unfriendly countries in the middle east and elsewheres??? What - there was simply no OTHER options for you to tour or hike in?
And then we taxpayers have to foot the bill to try and get their ignorant backsides out. DOH!

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 10:35 AM

5. +100. (nt)

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Response to dsteve01 (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 10:25 AM

4. These visitors sometimes seem naive in the situations they...

...get themselves in. The other option is of course that they are representing other interests. North Korean and Iran, why dance on the edge of the open septic tank?

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