November 26, 2022
Analysis

Profile Kenneth Bae: an American prisoner in N. Korea

Is imprisoned American hostage, criminal or bargaining chip?

Some observers predict that this week could see the release of Korean-American Kenneth Bae, via the unexpected delivery system of NBA Basketball star Dennis Rodman.

Detained in North Korea since November 2012 for carrying "propaganda materials" and allegedly plotting to overthrow the North Korean government, Bae's detention has caused consternation for both his family and the U.S. government more broadly. But is he a hostage, prisoner, or bargaining chip of the North Korean government? NK News takes a look at the background to Bae's detention: