According to a CNN report Tuesday, American citizen Jeffrey Fowle is on his way back to the U.S. after spending months in the custody of North Korean authorities. As Western Journalism previously reported, Fowle was arrested for “hostile acts against the country” for leaving a Bible in his hotel room.
He was one of at least three Americans facing trial under the secretive authoritarian regime of Kim Jong Un.
BREAKING: White House confirms Jeffrey Fowle, 1 of 3 Americans held in North Korea, has been released pic.twitter.com/ILE5Wyv3cq
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 21, 2014
News that Fowle had been cleared to leave North Korea “came out of the blue,” according to CNN. The network reported that an American plane landed in the capital city of Pyongyang to pick up the 56-year-old Dayton, Ohio resident. He later touched down in Guam on his way back home.
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Last month, he described his plight to reporters.
“I need to let people know,” he said, “that I’m getting desperate. I’m getting desperate for help.”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged Fowle’s release Tuesday, saying that the Obama administration “welcome[s] the decision” and calls on North Korea to release Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, the remaining Americans being held in the nation.”
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