Ashton Kutcher Calls For Support For American Journalists Jailed In North Korea
Ashton Kutcher has taken to his Twitter page to rally support for Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV media venture, who were found guilty of committing a “grave crime” against North Korea and illegally entering the country.
North Korea’s state news agency says the country’s top court has convicted Ling (the sister of former View hostess Lisa Ling) and Lee and sentenced them to 12 years in labor prison for their “crimes.”
“This should be a national crisis… We have to demand that something be done. This is our country, it’s our military,” Ashton Tweeted on Monday. “I say it’s special ops time… If we can save that Captain from pirates we can save these journalist [sic].”
The famed prankster took an uncharacterstic serious stance as he suggested using the power of the Internet to get the women out of prison.
“we should find out what the largest social network site in china is and run a campaign to encourage the people there 2 help….Bottom line, China needs to step up!”North Korean guards arrested the reporters near the China-North Korean border on March 17. A cameraman and their local guide escaped. The two were reporting about the trafficking of North Korean women at the time of their arrest. As a result, the two women were sentenced to 12 years of “reform through labor” in a North Korean prison.
On Monday, White House deputy spokesman William Burton released a statement, ensuring the public that President Obama is exploring “all possible channels to secure their release.”