August 4th, 2009
04:43 PM ET
Lisa Ling’s sister Laura and her fellow journalist Euna Lee have been pardoned and will soon be heading home from North Korea. Lee and Ling had been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor after crossing the North Korean border while on assignment for Current TV. Their families just released the following statement:
“The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee are overjoyed by the news of their pardon. We are so grateful to our government: President Obama, Secretary Clinton and the U.S. State Department for their dedication to and hard work on behalf of American citizens. We especially want to thank President Bill Clinton for taking on such an arduous mission and Vice President Al Gore for his tireless efforts to bring Laura and Euna home. We must also thank all the people who have supported our families through this ordeal; it has meant the world to us. We are counting the seconds to hold Laura and Euna in our arms.”
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