But for the time being I want to point out that there are a lot of people heavily invested — as Joshua himself once was — in the idea of these women's (and Mitch Koss's) innocence and, well, lack of culpability. Groups like "Liberate Laura" (whose blog title tell it all):
They were captured not on the North Korean riverbank that they crossed over to but rather on the Chinese side of the frozen Tumen as they tried to flee; they apparently mistook the hooting sounds and cell phone calls made by their Chinese-Korean guide (separate from other odd behavior) as a way of communicating with friendly North Korean associates rather than ruthless border guards; and they insist that they went out of their way to destroy evidence and protect the identities of interview subjects and those who helped them, in the latter case despite “rigorous, daily interrogations.”The cheerleaders would have so much more to deal with if they were caught on North Korean soil and if their capture hadn't been due to duplicity but Laura Ling's (and Euna Lee's and Mitch Koss's) own stupogance. And for that reason, they must keep insisting on whatever points mitigate or eliminate their own culpability.
Although the pair claim that “to this day, we still don’t know if we were lured into a trap,” all signs point to the aforementioned guide – Kim Seong-cheol – being the man responsible for the mother of all @current contretemps. Which begs a new question: Where the hell is he?
And what's up with calling the organization/blog "Liberate Laura"? There were two Americans captured, not just one. Sure, "Liberate Laura" is more alliterative, but come on. Is the influence of Lisa Ling that overbearing?
Oh, geez. I hope Oprah doesn't have me silenced.