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Merrill Newman 'confession' coerced by North Korea

Original post made on Dec 10, 2013

The video and confession by Palo Alto resident and Korean War veteran Merrill Newman by North Korean officials was coerced, Newman said in a statement released yesterday, Dec. 9.

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Posted by Wendy
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

I am glad he is home safe. I thank him for his service to our country. Now that he has had to 'apologize' to North Korea, he needs to apologize to the United States for his utter disregard of the State Department's warning NOT to travel to North Korea. Both the risk he posed to our country and the financial cost is squarely on his shoulders.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

Wendy, sounds like you want to him to be sent to a re-education camp where he can learn to respect the government's and people's wishes more? I think it was not a smart move, but I don't know that it was a huge risk to the country or cost anyone anything that would not have been working and doing whatever they were doing anyway, which is their jobs.

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Posted by Ronnie
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:46 am

Welcome back! The main thing is that he is home safe. That's all that really matters. Happy Holidays Mr. Newman!

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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

Neighbor CresentParkAnon, I confess (pun intended!) that I'm with Wendy on this one. I too am glad that Mr. Newman is safely back home, and truly appreciate his service.

But... as a citizen and veteran he should be fully aware that the Korean "conflict" has not ended, although an armistice agreement was reached.

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Posted by Suzy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Welcome home Mr. Newman! I don't think Newman needs to apologize- note that he flew home via United, not on Biden's jet, so Newman doesn't appear to be someone who wanted to spend tax payers' money, which he could have. I wish him a speedy recovery from his ordeal, and all the best this holiday season!

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Posted by Vietnam vet
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Does anyone else think Mr. Newman wasn't entirely smart in going to North Korea in the first place? Esp. as a Korean War military veteran who actively fought against the North Koreans?

A schoolchild knows that the Korean conflict merely ended up in an armistice. Why do you think the State Department says "don't go there"?

I am glad he is home safe, but I would have used some more common sense.

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Posted by Stay-Away-From-North-Korea
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

> I am glad he is home safe, but I would have used some more common sense.

It's unlikely that Mr. Newman will be making any more trips to North Korea.

Since Mr. Newman didn't do anything wrong, and he's home safely without any ill-treatment by the North Koreans .. maybe it's time to retire this story and move on to more important matters.

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Posted by So true
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

It is true that N Korea does. to think the Korean War is armistice was ever signed by them. Mr Newman! like most people did not know this. it is not like they communicate with us.

Kim Jung Un is an evil man. When he wanted to break up with his girl friend, it was reported, he had her executed.

Listen to the State Dept--they know what they are talking about. My husband was told the sme thing, and he listened. he was also told that Bangkok Airport is the least secure of all airports in the world, unsafe for American businessmen, so he has his Thai clients come here.

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Posted by Tereza Lopes
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 25, 2015 at 2:38 am

Good and very much informative post. Thank you for sharing those information.

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Posted by Organiclaws
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Organiclaws is a registered user.

note to self: do not cancel next North Korea vacation.

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