Freed journalist expresses shock, gratitude after release

August 5th, 2009
Posted: 09:34 AM ET

BURBANK, California (CNN) — Laura Ling expressed Wednesday the shock she and her and Euna Lee felt when former President Bill Clinton showed up in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday to secure the two journalists’ release.

“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,” a tearful and emotional Ling said at a news conference.

She spoke just minutes after the two women were reunited with their families at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. They had been detained in North Korea since March.

“We were taken to a location and when we walked through the doors, we saw standing before us President Bill Clinton,” Ling said. “We were shocked, but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end.”

She expressed her own and Euna’s “deepest gratitude” to Clinton and his “wonderful, amazing” team.

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