Lisa Ling on President Bill Clinton's intervention
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During one of her few phone calls, Laura told Lisa that President Bill Clinton was the only American the North Korean government would speak with. "I told Vice President [Al] Gore, who is the founder of Current TV," Lisa says. "He called President Clinton right away, and President Clinton, without question, agreed to do it. ... And we are so grateful that he took it on."

Lisa also wants to clarify that President Clinton did not travel as a government official. "President Clinton went as a private citizen. The plane that they flew was donated by a man named Steven Bing," Lisa says. "So this was not a case where taxpayers footed the bill."

FROM: Exclusive Summer Headlines
Published on September 11, 2009

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