Have you hear the news from North Korea? No, not about Dennis Rodman heading back over for more diplomatic duties, but the news that Otto Warmier, the American student who was imprisoned for some sort of "illegal activity" concerning a poster, is being released. Here's more from NBC:
North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, the American student serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged subversion, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.
The 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate, from Cincinnati, Ohio, was convicted in March 2016 of attempting to steal a propaganda banner from a restricted area of his hotel at the request of an acquaintance.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor after a tearful one-hour trial.
In a statement, the State Department said Warmbier was “en route to the U.S. where he will be reunited with his family,” adding it would have no further comment on his case, citing privacy concerns.
It said the department “continues to have discussions with [North Korea] regarding the three other American citizens who are detained.”
The Washington Post reported that Warmbier was medically evacuated from the isolated state in a coma, citing his parents, although this report could not be independently confirmed by NBC News. The student was evacuated via a U.S. military base in Sapporo, Japan, the newspaper said.
This is a welcomed relief for this student's family and a great victory for Donald Trump:
Still, the correlation of the timing of the Rodman visit is too strong for people to ignore:
I'm sure President Trump is so thrilled about this kid's return that he doesn't mind sharing the Twitter spotlight with the former NBA bad boy who also happened to be an early endorser of then-candidate Trump.
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