Two U.S. citizens, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, have been freed by the North Korean government and are en route back to the United States. Bae, a missionary, was arrested in November 2012 for “crimes against the state” and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Miller was taken into custody in April of this year and tried on an espionage charge. He was sentenced to six years of hard labor. “We are grateful to Director of National Intelligence Clapper, who engaged on behalf of the United States in discussions with DPRK authorities about the release of two citizens,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement. The two men are being escorted back to the States by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.
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