August 4th, 2009
04:33 PM ET

Statement from families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/08/04/nkorea.clinton/art.korea.afp.gi.jpg caption="Supporters rally for U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling on June 4 in Seoul, South Korea."]
From the 'Free Laura Ling and Euna Lee' website':

The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee are overjoyed by the news of their pardon. We are so grateful to our government: President Obama, Secretary Clinton and the U.S. State Department for their dedication to and hard work on behalf of American citizens.

We especially want to thank President Bill Clinton for taking on such an arduous mission and Vice President Al Gore for his tireless efforts to bring Laura and Euna home. We must also thank all the people who have supported our families through this ordeal, it has meant the world to us. We are counting the seconds to hold Laura and Euna in our arms.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Kerri

    So thankful they are home safe with their families. I have the utmost respect for journalists, but hope they learned a lesson about borders and not crossing where they should not have been.

    August 5, 2009 at 7:57 am |
  2. Martina Ilstad Germany

    This morning i wake up with this happy news, that the girls are free,i am really happy for their families.What or who ever helps that this could happened,thank you verry much.
    Sometimes bad stories can find a good end .

    August 5, 2009 at 7:37 am |
  3. Annie Kate

    Bill Clinton is a truly great leader and diplomat who unselfishly gives of himself to help others especially his countrymen. I am so glad that the women are on their way home to their families and hope we get to see some pictures of their arrival home – especially of Euna's baby seeing her mom for the first time in almost half a year. That moment will be a very happy moment for everyone. I'm so glad this has worked out so well.

    August 4, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  4. Cherisa

    Wonderful news. These families will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    August 4, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  5. Menchie Lobo

    Mr and Mrs Clinton truly a great leaders.

    August 4, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  6. kip4real

    Many thanks to Lee and Ling for their dedication to free press and finding truth. Thanks to Bill and everyonr who made this a success..better yet, would be great if the right wing or anyone to not inject politix into this matter..we all have families and we love them...welcome back home Laura and Ling

    August 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  7. Christina Lopez

    This is just proof that God's light can shine even in the darkest of places and situations.

    Prayers for a safe return!

    August 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  8. mireille Mtl, Can.

    Your president is a great leader

    August 4, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  9. Maureen Cross

    When will young idealistic people learn not to go anywhere near the borders of countries like N. Korea, China, Iran etc.???? I, too, am pleased they have been "pardoned", however stay away from where you are at risk.

    August 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  10. Jean

    Thank god it was President Clinton that got the job done....could imagine if George Jr was sent.... Need I say more!

    August 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  11. Carol B. in MD

    Congrats to them, their families & Clinton. Somehow he charmed that mean, little midget.

    August 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  12. chuck

    what better news to hear than this and know it is also for thier families thanks goes to former president clinton

    August 4, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  13. suzelle

    So what did the US government promise?

    August 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  14. M.W. Johnson

    Awesome! This is truly great news! I'm so happy for all involved!

    August 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  15. Jacquie

    Our prayers have been with you and will be as you all recover during the weeks to come.GLove to you all...

    August 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  16. Terri from Atlanta

    We too are overjoyed at your good news! When I saw Lisa and
    the families on tv it just broke my heart, and I prayed every day
    from the beginning for this day to come. I would give anything
    to see the face of Euna's daughter when she sees her mother!
    I am so relieved that Laura's mom and dad no longer have this
    burden to bear. God bless you all!

    August 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  17. Chris

    Thank you former president Bill Clinton. You are a true statesman. travel safely ladies and welcome home soon.

    August 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  18. kibo

    Glad they can be home. The apology was really for their trespassing, and not admitting to spying. Yay for Clinton getting the job done!

    August 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  19. Marcelle in PA

    Say what you want about Bill Clinton but he is a hell of a diplomat. Families must be overjoyed.

    August 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  20. Chiana

    Great news, although it is too bad that Mr. Clinton (Mr. Ex-President?) had to apologize, as if the two journalists were really spying.

    August 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  21. Lilibeth

    To Laura and Euna's families, I am so happy for all of you! What a glorious day this is! We love you all! God bless you! Thank you to everyone for making this happen!

    Edmonds, Washington

    August 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
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    August 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  23. Isabel, Brazil

    The good news should be celebrated very much.
    The anxiety of the family should be of the size of our world!

    Now just wait for the return of the two journalists and, perhaps, attend an Anderson’s interview, with them, in AC360. Huh, huh???

    August 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm |