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Clinton (Bill, Not Hillary) Heads to North Korea to Negotiate Release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee

FishbowlDC reports former Pres. Bill Clinton has arrived in North Korea to help negotiate the release of CurrentTV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee who’ve been in custody since March.

Clinton’s VP, Al Gore, is a founder of CurrentTV.

> Earlier on TVNewser: Laura Ling, Euna Lee Convicted; Sentenced to 12 Years

> More: The AP reports Clinton met today with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Clinton “courteously” conveyed a verbal message from Pres. Obama, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report from Pyongyang. Kim expressed his thanks, and engaged Clinton in a “wide-ranging exchange of views on matters of common concern,” the report said.

“While this solely private mission to secure the release of two Americans is on the ground, we will have no comment,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. “We do not want to jeopardize the success of former President Clinton’s mission.”

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