Friday, May 15, 2009

North Korea Plans A Show Trial

Looks like a thug dictatorship needs a distraction again... It's what they do.

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TOKYO, May 14 -- Two American journalists detained in North Korea for nearly two months will be put on trial in early June, the reclusive North Korean government said Thursday.

The announcement, coming in the same week as Iran's release of a U.S. reporter who had been convicted of spying, led to speculation that television reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee might also be set free after trial as part of North Korea's diplomatic gamesmanship with the United States.

Ling and Lee, who work for former vice president Al Gore's San Francisco-based Current TV, were arrested March 17 along North Korea's border with China. They have been accused of illegal entry and "hostile acts," which in North Korea are punishable by five to 10 years in a labor camp.

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