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Posted: May 8th, 2013
Rodman to North Korea: Let hostage go

Dennis Rodman is calling in a favor from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to release an American tour operator sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in a message posted to Twitter. According to The Hill, the tweet reads, “I’m calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him “Kim”, to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.”

Kenneth Bae, 44, an American citizen, was accused of “committing hostile acts” against North Korea. Human rights campaigners say Bae may have angered the regime, possibly by taking photographs of impoverished children and public executions.

Rodman traveled to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters as part of an HBO documentary series earlier this year and met leader Kim Jong Un at a basketball game. He attended a party at the dictator’s palace. According to the article, “Last month, he said he plans to return to the country and “have some fun.” He also defended the North Korean leader, despite a series of provocative actions from Pyongyang — including threatening South Korea and the United States with nuclear attack.

“He just wants to be loved. He just wants to sit down and talk. That’s all,” Rodman told”


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