American Citizen Held Captive In North Korea

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  1. wellokaythen says:

    I’m a big believer in national sovereignty as well as the presumption of innocence, so in cases like this I’ve painted myself into a corner. It makes me sick to put myself anywhere near the side of the NK government on this, but I have to say that the American public should avoid jumping to conclusions. The facts seem to be that he is detained under particular accusations. The accusations could be true, could be untrue, could be lies, could be a mistake, could be wrong place at the wrong time.

    In my mind, a person should be innocent until proven guilty, but that applies to sovereign governments as well. (The current regime is at least the de facto government in the North whether they’re legitimate or not. That’s a separate question.) I don’t assume an American who runs afoul of local authorities is always the victim of trumped up charges. I also don’t assume that all charges of espionage are always false. I don’t believe that the U.S. should try to enforce extraterritoriality on other countries such that American citizens only have to follow U.S. laws and not local laws. Ask New Yorkers how they like the fact that U.N. delegates don’t have to follow NYC parking laws, and multiply that times a thousand.

    Maybe I’ve read too much about Cold War espionage. Sounds to me like charity work could be one of the only available covers for spying on North Korea. Access to North Korea is extremely limited. I’d be amazed if he was never, ever approached by American intelligence agents. (If he wasn’t, he should have been. I can guarantee he will be when he’s released….) There’s only so much information you can get out of NK through regular diplomatic cover and satellites. Is anyone out there thinking that the American intelligence community would never use legitimate charities as a cover?

  2. Pendleton Vandiver says:

    That’s a slippery slope. The idea that there will be a real explanation of evidence at the “trial” is farcical. Of course they will use his capture for leverage and publicity and then release him after an “apology” from some US surrogate.

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