Leave it to the man from Little Rock to score one for the jailed journalists.
According to the Reuters- and everyone on Twitter right now – Kim Jong-il granted a special pardon to Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36 after meeting privately with Bill Clinton. Lee and Ling were convicted of entering North Korea illegally and had been sentenced to 12 years hard labor.
Interestingly, Lee and Ling worked for Current TV, a j-startup in CA. founded by Bill’s old buddy Al Gore. They didn’t have the chops – or protection? – of a major mainstream media outfit and some contend that’s one reason they received such a harsh sentence. I don’t know, but I do know Clinton certainly has a way with crazy world leaders. Funny tweets on this great news include one that read: Bill Clinton picks up hot Asian chicks in North Korea.