September 14, 2014: American Matthew Miller Convicted By North Korea Of Spying

The California man was sentenced to six years of hard labor, but got out early. 

By Gina Tron

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On September 14, 2014, American Matthew Miller was convicted of unlawful entry into North Korea for the purpose of spying and for committing "acts hostile to [North Korea] while entering under the guise of a tourist."

He was sentenced to six years of hard labor. However, he was released, along with American Kenneth Bae, on November 8, 2014. The California man, 24 at the time of his arrest, traveled to South Korea in 2010 to visit one of his brothers who was stationed there with the United States Air Force. Miller took a job teaching English in the country.

According to North Korean state-run media, Miller entered North Korea by himself in April 2014 on a tourist visa, which Miller tore up at the airport as he declared his desire to seek political asylum. Miller later revealed that he was simply curious about North Korea. He admitted that he wanted to talk to and question North Korean people about the dictatorship they live under.

After returning to the United States, Miller told reporters that he actually traveled to North Korea with the intent of getting arrested. He said, “My main fear was that they would not arrest me when I arrived.”

{Photo: NBC News]


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