The Dear Reader: DPRK Observations & Musings

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Twenty (Ling-Lee) Questions

Capture

1. If the team was set up by their Chinese-Korean guide, why hasn’t producer-cameraman Mitch Koss spoken out?
2. If the team deliberately set foot in North Korea, what were they thinking?
3. Did the team, as claimed by AP, refuse to cooperate with an order to stop filming?
4. How did Mitch Koss manage to evade capture?
5. Were Laura and Euna subjected to harsh interrogations?

Pre-Trial

6. What sort of civilian clothing or prison uniform were Euna and Laura forced to wear?
7. How good, or bad, was the daily food?
8. Were Euna and Laura given any oddly outdated reading material to pass the time?
9. How little sleep did Laura and Euna get?
10. How hard did Ling and Lee hug Swedish Ambassador Mats Foyer during their first of several meetings, March 30th?

Trial

11. Did the June 4th-8th trial last three weekdays or also span the weekend?
12. Why, if the women confessed, did such a non-juried trial take so long?
13. Would the North Koreans make up the evidence of incriminating voiceover narration and the collection of a cross-border stone?
14. What compelled Euna to waive her right to an attorney?
15. Did any high-level government officials attend?

Post-Trial

16. Was psychiatric counseling available and-or needed?
17. What other patients are housed at the Pyongyang medical facility where Ling and Lee are being held?
18. Is @Current still paying the two journalists’ salaries?
19. Wouldn’t it be easier if the North Koreans just spelled out their idea of a perfect U.S. envoy?
20. Will Kim Jong-un turn out to be as belligerent as Kim Jong-il?

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Filed under: Euna Lee, Laura Ling, Mitchell Koss

4 Responses

  1. Spelunker says:

    1. If the team was set up by their Chinese-Korean guide, why hasn’t producer-cameraman Mitch Koss spoken out? A paramilitary paralegal from Current TV’s Legal Department in Los Angeles has duct tape over Mitch’s mouth and feeds him through a tube in his nose.

    2. If the team deliberately set foot in North Korea, what were they thinking? “Let’s see if these North Korean sentries will answer a few questions for our documentary…”

    3. Did the team, as claimed by AP, refuse to cooperate with an order to stop filming? Yes.

    4. How did Mitch Koss manage to evade capture? Mitch finally let go of the camera he was holding during the struggle to get away.

    5. Were Laura and Euna subjected to harsh interrogations? Probably. Especially after somebody in Pyongyang figured out that Laura has Lisa Ling’s surname and is not “Laura Ming”.

    6. What sort of civilian clothing or prison uniform were Euna and Laura forced to wear?
    Brown jumpsuits, I guess. Is this a fashion question? Maybe part of their hard labor sentence is being forced to hand wash their single set of clothes each night.

    7. How good, or bad, was the daily food? Not as good as the Korean food Euna gets at her parents home in South Korea, but almost as good as the food Laura used to eat at Korean restaurants in California. Seriously, wouldn’t you get sick if forced to eat kim chee every day?

    8. Were Euna and Laura given any oddly outdated reading material to pass the time? Yes, in fact there were 2 old books: “True Confessions of the USS Pueblo Crew” and “Great Leader Kim Il Sung’s Comprehensive Guidebook to North Korean Geology”

    9. How little sleep did Laura and Euna get? Let’s just say it is the world’s worst slumber party.

    10. How hard did Ling and Lee hug Swedish Ambassador Mats Foyer during their first of several meetings? There is no way he would be allowed to get within arm’s length of either one.

    11. Did the June 4th-8th trial last three weekdays or also span the weekend? Originally scheduled for 4 straight days but on June 6 the trial was adjourned for the World Cup Asian Qualifier match between North Korea and Iran.

    12. Why, if the women confessed, did such a non-juried trial take so long?
    There were actually 2 trials; one 2 day trial for Laura followed by a separate 2 day trial for Euna.

    13. Would the North Koreans make up the evidence of incriminating voiceover narration and the collection of a cross-border stone?
    No. It’s Laura’s voice and Euna’s stone.

    14. What compelled Euna to waive her right to an attorney? Euna understands Korean language; Laura felt compelled to have somebody help her understand the Korean language court proceedings.

    15. Did any high-level government officials attend? Maybe, but not Kim Jong-il or any of his 3 sons.

    16. Was psychiatric counseling available and-or needed? Available? No. Needed? Yes.

    17. What other patients are housed at the Pyongyang medical facility where Ling and Lee are being held? Probably patients with ulcers and patients with whatever sickness Euna has now.

    18. Is Current TV still paying the two journalists’ salaries? “No comment.”

    19. Wouldn’t it be easier if the North Koreans just spelled out their perfect idea of a U.S. envoy? Of course, but only Kim Jong-il (and maybe his eldest son) knows how to correctly spell “S-c-h-w-a-r-z-e-n-e-g-g-e-r”.

    20. Will Kim Jong-un turn out to be as belligerent as Kim Jong-il? If you know the reason why the middle son (Kim Jong-chol) was not chosen as successor, then the answer is pretty obvious!

    • liberatelaura says:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. Fascinating that the trial was adjourned for judge, lawyers, etc. to be able to watch Sat. 6/7 World Cup soccer match. Apparently, sports fandom knows no borders.

      Also, read later that the Pyongyang stadium where match was played is largest such facility in the world (?)

  2. 迷你倉 says:

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has cancer and may not live more than five years, a South Korean cable news channel reported.

    Seoul’s unification ministry said it had no information on the YTN report, which came days after Kim, 67, appeared on television looking gaunt.

    The TV news channel said the leader of the isolated nuclear-armed nation was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer around the time of his suspected stroke last August. It cited intelligence sources in Seoul and Washington.

    YTN, quoting medical sources in Beijing, said Kim may not live more than five years given the high mortality rate for such a cancer and his advanced age.

    Seoul’s National Intelligence Service said it could not confirm the report, which came three days after Japanese TV network TBS reported Kim is suffering from a “serious disorder” of the pancreas.

    TBS reported that Kim has been resting and is being treated at his villa in the southeastern area of Wonsan by a team of specialists.

    Kim’s health is the subject of intense international attention since there has been no announcement to the outside world about who would succeed him.

    Seoul intelligence officials have been quoted as saying that Kim has nominated his youngest son Jong-Un, 26, as his successor.

    State TV last week showed Kim limping slightly and with thinning hair when he made a televised appearance to pay homage to his late father Kim Il-Sung at a national memorial service.

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    香港仔時昌迷你倉

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