August 4th, 2009
12:39 PM ET

Video: Lisa Ling trying to help sister

Editor's Note: In early June Anderson spoke to the families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, American journalists detained in North Korea. A couple of days later, Ling and Lee were sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges of entering North Korea illegally. Former President Bill Clinton is in North Korea, unannounced, to negotiate their release.

Filed under: 360° Interview • Anderson Cooper • Lisa Ling • North Korea
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. celia harman

    I am so thrilled for these two families of these girls! I know they are happy and just cant wait to see them! I can only imagine of how it is to not be in touch with them and know what they are doing or how there health is doing. I just pray that nothing like this ever happens again with the two. I hope that nothing will seperate the family ever again. They surely didn't deserve all this time away from there families. There jobs are very dangerous and you do have to know that there are things that can happen as they have seen for them selves. I will pray for there safe return to there families from where they took off and to where they land back in the USA!

    August 5, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  2. Wendy

    QUICK: Finally some wonderful news on the landscape! What a relief-
    and who says Bill and Hilary can't be a class act? Must be fun for AC and the inimatable Randy to report some good news-even if they are all dealing with creeps- not the journalists ! (Oh, and yeah Sweden-and Obama, and the State Depts. Could they give lectures on negotiations??? WR

    August 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  3. Robyn Mortellitoq

    How fabulous that the girls are coming home!!! I don't even know them but I was so worried about them and for the 12 years they had ahead of them... Thank god for America!!!

    Regards from: A worried wife of a Disabled Vietnam Purple Heart Veteran....
    Robyn Mortellito

    Thank you President Obama for having President Bill Clintoand Vice President Al Gore...in getting the job done! Great job as always...my IRA has jumped back 13 percent since you took office!!!! Dont let your ratings scare you!!!

    Thank you again!!!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Ellie B

    I would like to say that i am happy for both families these past few months must have been horrendous for them. I am sure the two women will be home soon.Thank you former President Clinton,and thank you President Obama for the discreet way this situation has been handle.

    August 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  5. Ruby Coria LA., CA.

    I'm super happy for Laura & Euna's Family! I'm super happy they are on their way home! Good going Bill & all those who where involved!
    Anderson, when you have Lisa on the show, tell her how happy we are for all of them.

    August 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  6. graham

    mr cooper : I am glad your journalists are free after admitting guilt ,what a " compassionate " (LOL) country N. Korea is. Now how about the U.S showing compassion to those in Guantanamo being held for years without charges and against the rules of war . PS i think Americans hiking anywhere in the world should be able to read a map.

    August 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  7. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Anderson, according to Rick Sanchez, the ladies have received a pardon and are to be allowed to return home. Is this correct? I sincerely hope so!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    p.s. The time here as I watched this particular coverage is 2:21 pm.

    August 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  8. Marie

    My husband & I feel so horrible about Laura Ling & Euna Lee
    being held in North Korea. I can't even imagine what
    they must be going through & I fear for them. This is a
    horrible time for there families too everyday wondering are
    they o.k. But what I would like to say to any reporter I
    would stay away from all of these countries. Iraq, & that
    whole situation. Also North Korea I would stay away from
    these people they do not like the United States & it's not worth
    risking or taking a chance of risking your life for these
    countries. My prayers are with Laura Ling & Euna Lee & there
    families. I pray they come home safely. The United States
    needs to get seriously involved in getting them back
    home to the United States. Sincerely, Marie

    August 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  9. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Thank you for to make good on a promise.We will not forget them!
    All i can do for them,is hoping, praieng,and asking North Korea to show, as a worldmember like we all are,that they dont take this girls as hostages. Please let them go home to their families.

    August 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm |