Geoffrey CainNovember 21, 2013 18:08
SEOUL — For North Korea watchers, the news is mysterious and the motives unknown. On October 26, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran from Palo Alto, California, became the second American detained in the past year in the world’s most reclusive state. The grandfather of two, Merrill Newman, was traveling legally on a nine-day, government-guided tour of the country. As he was preparing to depart on an airplane, authorities reportedly boarded and took him away. Although at least six Americans have been detained in recent years, this particular incident is unusually perplexing.