Moments after reuniting with her family at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank California and with film editor Euna Lee at her side, freed journalist Laura Ling made this emotional statement.
“We feared at any moment that we could be sent to a hard labor camp and then suddenly we were told we were going to a meeting. We were taken to a location, and when we walked through the doors, we saw standing before us President Bill Clinton. We were shocked, but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end.”
Laura Ling also thanked many officials and individuals, including President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore who she said “we call Al” for working to secure their release.
“The past 140 days have been the most difficult, heart-wrenching time of our lives,” Ling said. “We are very grateful that we were granted amnesty by the government of North Korea, and we are so happy to be home.”