North Korea Releases U.S. Prisoner Merrill Newman
Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old California man who had been imprisoned in North Korea since late October, is back home.
Biden told reporters in South Korea that he "played no direct role" in the release. He added that his office offered to let Newman fly home with him on Air Force Two, but State Department officials said he'd take a direct commercial flight to San Francisco.
Well, at least it's not like he got the VP job specifically because of his strengths in foreign affairs.
Instead, CNN reports that Newman's release "was the result of direct contact between Washington and Pyongyang." Bill Richardson, former presidential candidate and ex-governor of New Mexico, was involved in private talks.
At the end of Newman's initial confession, there was this bit of writing:
If I go back to (the) U.S.A., I will tell the true features of the D.P.R.K. and the life the Korean people are leading.
Who knows why we don't know about the true features of the life the Korean people are leading? So yes: hopefully, Newman will tell us all.