North Korea

Jailed Journalists Caught Red-Handed

Saying "We've just entered a North Korean courtyard without permission,'' may make for high drama, but it might not be too smart. The state-run media of North Korea says that it caught the two imprisoned American journalists preparing "a smear campaign" that would highlight the country's dreadful human-rights record. The pair was caught on the wrong side of the China/North Korea border, and filmed their illegal entry, even picking up a stone as a "memento," the Associated Press reports. The journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were recently sentenced to 12 years in the nightmarish North Korean labor camps in a closed trial. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she is using all diplomatic channels available to try and secure the daring journalists' release.