Laura Ling and Euna Lee, journalists who work for former Vice President Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Web TV startup Current TV, have been sentenced to 12 years of hard labour. The pair were arrested on March 17 after they crossed the China-North Korean border while reporting on a story about the trafficking of North Korean women.
Analysts say the sentencing is actually a sign of progress toward Laura and Euna’s freedom. Former UN Ambassador Bill Richardson told NBC News its all part of a “high stakes poker game.” The White House says it will pursue “all possible channels” to win Laura and Euna’s release.
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