Happening nearby: Lynnwood man among two prisoners freed by North Korea, comes home

The last two Americans held in North Korea made a jubilant landing on Washington state soil Saturday night after the director of national intelligence, James Clapper Jr., secured their freedom on a secret mission.

Our news partner, The Seattle Times, reports that Kenneth Bae, 46, of Lynnwood, and Matthew Todd Miller landed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord shortly before 9 p.m. and emerged on the base tarmac to the embraces of family members and supporters. Bae’s mother led the way, rushing forward to hug her son.

Bae’s sister Terri Chung, who lives in Edmonds, said she received word from the State Department on Saturday morning that Bae and Miller were on a plane that had left North Korean airspace. She was tearful after his arrival, saying Bae’s imprisonment had resulted in unbelievable agony, but she thanked the leaders of North Korea, “who relented” and showed mercy.

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