Thursday, August 26, 2010

Surprise (not!)

This from the Los Angeles Times:
A spokeswoman says North Korea has granted amnesty for a Boston man jailed in the communist country since January after former President Jimmy Carter worked to negotiate his freedom.

Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said late Thursday that the former president will return to the U.S. with Aijalon Gomes. She says Gomes should be in Boston by Friday afternoon. North Korea news agency KCNA says Carter has left Pyongyang.
While Mr. Carter's "success" should come as no surprise, I am scratching my head as to why the North Korean government didn't make more of Mr. Carter's visit. As I mentioned the other day, I expected a full-blown propaganda blast from Pyongyang.

It never materialized. Perhaps it's because "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il is away. I read a report earlier today indicating he has traveled to China to explain to the Chinese government the likely succession strategy for leadership in his country.

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