Formerly Imprisoned, Laura Ling and Euna Lee Now Free to Tell Their Tale (Mostly) [Reporters In Peril]
Now that they're safely back in the United States formerly imprisoned journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are free to spill the beans on their harrowing North Korean adventure. But mostly just justify their mission and assert their innocence.
Not surprisingly, the ladies are using employer Current TV to channel their ordeal into an explanatory narrative. While the duo do address the importance of their initial story, call out their guide for being a total turncoat and express their deepest hopes their case didn't endanger any border-dwelling activists, the most captivating interesting part, obviously, is their recollection of the capture. From Current's website:
When we set out, we had no intention of leaving China, but when our guide beckoned for us to follow him beyond the middle of the river, we did, eventually arriving at the riverbank on the North Korean side....
Feeling nervous about where we were, we quickly turned back toward China. Midway across the ice, we heard yelling. We looked back and saw two North Korean soldiers with rifles running toward us. Instinctively, we ran.
We were firmly back inside China when the soldiers apprehended us. Producer Mitch Koss and our guide were both able to outrun the border guards. We were not. We tried with all our might to cling to bushes, ground, anything that would keep us on Chinese soil, but we were no match for the determined soldiers. They violently dragged us back across the ice to North Korea and marched us to a nearby army base, where we were detained.
Those of you who are looking for details on their "rigorous" interrogation, sorry, the ladies aren't giving that up so easily. That's why God invented book deals.