American Gets 15 Years Hard Labor in N. Korea

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  1. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Ya saw that I see missionaries trying to smuggle bibles in getting caught. So it is usually bringing stuff in not out.
     
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    look at the bright side, he can say he had long term employment on his resume when he gets out :p
     
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    That would make one more unhappy person in a self-declared socialist state.
     
  5. thewap macrumors demi-god

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    Even for N. Korea this sentence is severe. Poor kid is not going to have a good time in a N. Korean jail, last place anyone would ever want to be in. As the article implies he might have been set up.
     
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    I am sure they will let him loose after scaring him to death.
     
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    nah, we are going to buy his freedom sometime later.
     
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    maybe a cake or something. gibe them a few fireworks that actually work. maybe a kardasian dvd.
     
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    A Clueless Millennial, likely to be from a wealthy family where the kids were coddled by narcissistic detached parents. He didn't have a chance.
     
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    Most people travel to South Korea... I didn't even know we could get into N. Korea. Aren't we supposed to stay away?
     
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    People apparently sneak in from time to time for poops and giggles. If you're lucky, they'll put on a grand show for you in a big empty stadium.

    ...if you're not, they beat you. If you're lucky.
     
  12. shinji macrumors 65816

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    It's not illegal for Americans to visit North Korea. Just dangerous.
     
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    You can go, you just have to be on a guided tour. And make sure you follow all the rules since punishments are much harsher there and you don't have the US embassy to help you. Personally I think it would be a fascinating place to visit.
     
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    He is a ********* idiot to be fair.

    1. For going to North Korea of all places.
    2. For trying to steal something in North Korea.

    Obviously in a civilised society such a sentence wouldn't happen, however really what an idiot.

    Such a waste. Hoping he gets released but I fear not
     
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    Thought they were Communist, but if people think all socialist states look the same, then looking at Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden also reveals they are ran by psycho violent nutcases that are selfish and narcissistic that are cruel to their people-- oh, wait...
     
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    I think he stated he was set up. It is not an un-common tactic to force false confessions using fear in N. Korea.
     
  17. juanm macrumors 65816

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    And "used to work in high pressure work environment".

    On a more serious note, they probably needed a pawn for whatever reason and picked this guy. In a few months/years he'll probably get exchanged for a spy, and it'll make sense.
     
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    People are starving to death in North Korea and he was going to steal from them?

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    I have no sympathy for him.
     
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    Pretty much agreed, though the sentence is still a bit harsh given what's known about the nature of the crime.

    I wonder what the purloined poster was going to be used for by the student, apart from a souvenir like a hotel towel of the sort people aren't allowed to take with them either... 15 years is harsh, but it's obvious the American is being made an example of. And that's going to backfire, making N Korea look even worse in the civilized world than its reputation already affords it.

    Worse, everyone already knows N Korea is not an idyllic utopia. Since the poster was official propaganda, not something that underground groups would want spread, nor the sort of thing Snowden would take, it's less likely going to be found in a web search than something that puts N Korea's leadership in a bad light.
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    That's a great deal for N Korea...
     
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    This idiot put hard currency into the hands of a brutal, torturing dictatorship. Let him rot in NK for awhile.
     
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    Story I saw said a member of his church group paid him to steal it on their behalf because they wanted to display it back home.
     
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    No pity for this fool. Know the laws of the countries you visit.
     
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    Surely the most relevant properties of the North Korean government to making people unhappy is not socialism, but dictatorship and authoritarianism.
     
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    I saw the video of him taking the poster down. It was supposedly in a restricted area from guests. I'd love to see an interview with the person from his church that supposedly talked him into stealing it as a souvenier for them. Wouldn't want that responsibility on my head.

    I honestly don't know what people, who aren't spies, are thinking when they do stupid stuff like this, in non-friendly countries nonetheless. Sure he will have a deep appreciation for living in the US if he gets out and makes it back here at some point.
     
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    They'll be crying for him shortly. Maybe Obama can have a rose garden speech.
     

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