American Jeffrey Fowle has been released from a North Korean prison camp and is on his way home. Perhaps Kim Jong Un’s cheese-induced gout is making him a little soft?
Jeffrey Fowle, 56, an Ohio municipal worker, was turned over to U.S. officials by authorities in Pyongyang and boarded a U.S. government aircraft sent to retrieve him.
Fowle was arrested for allegedly trying to leave a Bible at a sailors’ club in North Korea. Six months of detainment in a North Korean labour camp later, Fowle is back in Ohio reuniting with his family.
“We’d like to thank God for his hand of protection over Jeff these past six months,” family spokesman Tim Tepe said, giving thanks to the U.S. State Department, the Swedish government, and others for helping secure Fowle’s release.
I think it was God who got you into this mess in the first place, but whatever, at least Fowle’s release gives hope to the two other American detainees in North Korea: Matthew Miller, 24, of Bakersfield and Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. The State Department said it is working on achieving their releases as well.
While Jeffrey Fowle was detained, the city terminated his employment as an equipment operator for Moraine, Ohio because of his prolonged absence, but City Manager David Hicks says can have his job back.
“The reinstatement opportunity is available to him. Assuming he wants to be reinstated, he will,” Hicks said. “I’m sure that we’ll have some celebration upon his return.”
Ugh. Continue working as a poorly paid equipment operator in small town Ohio and attend a depressing office party? He might have been better off in the North Korean labour camp.