August 5th, 2009
05:52 PM ET

Photo gallery: Laura Ling and Euna Lee return home

Editor's Note: After 140 days in North Korean captivity, journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee arrived home in California today. Former President Bill Clinton traveled to Pyongyang earlier this week to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who decided to pardon the two women yesterday. For the latest on the two journalist's return, tune in AC360° tonight at 10p ET.


Laura Ling and Euna Lee walk off the plane in Burbank, California.

Laura Ling hugs her husband Iain Clayton.

Euna Lee embraces husband Michael Saldate and daughter Hana Saldate.

Former President Bill Clinton hugs his former Vice-president Al Gore after deboarding the plane.

Laura Ling gets a kiss from her mother Mary Ling as Lisa Ling, who is also a journalist, reacts to her sister's arrival.

Laura Ling speaks to the crowd as the two families as well as former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and other officials look on.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore talk with journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee and their families.

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Joey

    Bill and Al has always made a great team! Thank-you again for stepping in and helping in the time in need! No guns were fired and no lives were taken. You just got to sit down and talk it out. Thanks!

    August 6, 2009 at 6:41 am |
  2. Jay meredith

    I feel bad for the women. But they were guilty of the crimes they were tried for. They did intentionally enter another country to take pictures of stuff that the N Korean government considered secrect. Thats a crime both here as well as there. Just because you don't like the secrects does not give you the right to SPY. If the tables were turned and we (The United States) caught two N Koean women sneaking into a secrect facility here with cameras, what would we have done? The two women had a conection to the government, they work openly for a former Vice President, This all is a dog and pony show over spys and the deeds they do, Sorry about your bad luck

    August 6, 2009 at 6:32 am |
  3. dottie

    To: president Jim Jong : prayers for your health, get
    well soon. Think! for being understanding, and releasing
    our journalist.. United States of America.

    August 6, 2009 at 5:45 am |
  4. Phi

    Bill Clinton can be our President again anytime. Bill Clinton just saved two mothers, two wives, two sisters, two American Journalists. Thank you Bill. God Bless America.

    August 6, 2009 at 5:25 am |
  5. dottie

    hooray! hooray! l'm sooooooooo happy that Secretary Clinton,President Clinton the well known genius in politics,as well as the Obama Adminstration pull this political operation off so smoothly
    and quitely.l think God for them and l think God forThe koreans and their officials for being very understand, about the ordeal.apologist
    is the word..Ours Goverment brought those journalist home, but for my understand they crossed over the border illegally, as being part of the media ,l hope there would be a lesson to learn from this ordeal.
    l think that United States Citizens especially journalist,need to know other countries laws.before they enter in foreign terrory.: kowning foreign laws,will give one 2nd thought on crossing foreign border illegally,therefore one will not find themselves in dangerous
    situation,such as captivity.
    again ! Shout out to : The Clintons. Gore's And Obama
    next time let's talk diplomacy,ours prayers go out to President
    Chimoy health,hope he get better soon.

    August 6, 2009 at 5:24 am |
  6. Cheryl P.

    It is heartbreaking, after all that Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and the hostages family did to finally bring their loved ones home from North Korea, that there are still hardliners here in America that have only negative remarks about their release. I am so sick of these old white men hardliners that are no longer in power here in the USA saying anything at all about the whole situation. This is one of the reasons why the Republicans are out of the White House, hopefully permanently.

    August 6, 2009 at 5:16 am |
  7. Chandra

    How Great to see America value their Citizen, Proud to live in this country, Thank You Bill Clinton. Good Job Obama. Good Bless The USA

    August 6, 2009 at 2:33 am |
  8. naomi

    Not a clinton supporter but definitely have a new respect for him show that americans care for their citizens. I don't understand how bringing two people home to their families especially a child can be seen as anything but the right thing to do

    August 6, 2009 at 2:28 am |
  9. Joan Hargrave

    I feel that what President Clinton did for these two ladies goes beyond words. He gave them back their families and their lives.

    August 6, 2009 at 2:20 am |
  10. martika818

    President Clinton your the man

    August 6, 2009 at 1:49 am |
  11. keiko

    It was really great to see two women finally came back to US-really amoved moment. Now they should feel so relax at their home.
    Hope their life will be peaceful than ever.

    But please remember that there are still some of the people from Japan, south korea and another countries who have been still confined into North Korea as abduction victims. I hope they also will be released soon so that all families can unite/ spend time together again. Please remember them.

    August 6, 2009 at 1:21 am |
  12. Linda

    I am happy that they are home but I appalled that this Mother cared so little for her daughter that she put herself at such risk. Now that little girl will always know that her Mother cared more about her career and her message than being safe at home where she could Mother her

    August 6, 2009 at 1:09 am |
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