A statement by Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, who was held in North Korea for 17 months, and apparently massively brutalized,  after being sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor for stealing one of the regime’s propaganda posters.:

“When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile, while they worked to obtain his release. We did so without result. Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over…” He added: “It is my understanding Ambassador Yun and his team, at the direction of the President, aggressively pursued resolution of the situation. They have our thanks for bringing Otto home.”:  Otto Warmbier’s father, Fred

From an unbylined Associated Press article:

One of former President Barack Obama’s advisers says the Obama administration had “no higher priority” than securing the release of Americans detained overseas but North Korea’s isolation “posed unique challenges.”

Ned Price says the Democratic president’s administration “worked through every avenue available” to try to secure the release of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier (WORM’-bir).

Who do you believe?

Your call.


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