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Laura Ling's North Korean Rescue on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 18th 2010 10:00PM
Laura Ling's North Korean Rescue on 'Oprah'Journalist Laura Ling appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), where she discussed her imprisonment in a North Korean jail. While doing an uncover report in Korea, Laura was captured -- along with her colleague Euna Lee -- and was held captive for 140 days.

In the end, Laura was freed due to some help at the highest level. Specifically, she was released with aid from former President Bill Clinton. Laura told Oprah Winfrey about the experience of being saved by an ex-President: "It was unreal; it was surreal," she said. "[I was] ushered into a room, and standing before [me] was President Clinton. And I seriously felt like it was this angelic figure that had come to save [me]."

It was a lucky release for Ling. She had been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, and was held captive without running water, in prison cells that were often pitch black.

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