Even though I think that they endangered a lot of people and I suspect that there are people who have been tortured or killed as a direct result of these three's stupidity and arrogance (stupogance™!), no one deserves to be in a North Korean hard-labor camp, just as no one deserves to be gang-raped or otherwise sodomized in an American prison.
But let's not kid ourselves that 134 days in the Pyongyang Palazzo was some sort of real hardship, not compared to what a lot of other people go through when detained for legal purposes, including many not in North Korea. In fact, four and a half months isn't all that unusual for something like this, I would imagine, and I might argue that even a year in such a facility would barely have been considered enough to count as penance for their willful idiocy.
Besides, when they make their book deal, it may turn out to be about $10,000 per day for each day of doltishness-induced captivity. Not bad, even better than Brother One Cell.
- On what date the book deal is announced
- For how much the book deal is worth (i.e., how much they're advanced)
- If you think Lee and Ling do separate deals (or only one does a deal), then state as much.