Michael Totten

Did North Korea Just Kidnap Two American Journalists?

“The Associated Press reports”:http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hM96sRn69bkN1XDLqb2_pkmFxqdgD971FLMO0 that North Korea “detained” two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee from Al Gore’s “Current TV”:http://current.com/, for filming the border region.
It looks, however, like the reporters were “detained” for shooting film of North Korea from the Chinese side of the border. They were in China interviewing refugees who fled North Korea. North Korean military and police officers don’t have jurisdiction in China. If they crossed the border and grabbed two American journalists, those journalists weren’t “detained.” They were kidnapped.