LOS ANGELES (Reuters)
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has departed North Korea with two American journalists newly released by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il after he granted
the pair a "special pardon," a spokesman for Clinton said on Tuesday.
"President Clinton has safely left North Korea with Laura Ling and Euna Lee.
They are en route to Los Angeles, where Laura and Euna will be reunited with
their families," a statement from the spokesman, Matt McKenna, said.
For more on the story, read the summary by The National Post.
Say what you will, it was a smart and savvy move by the Obama Administration sending in someone who could be rock star enough for the photo op the North Koreans wanted yet still be diplomat enough to get the job done.