Image of Rodman via Twitter.
International man of mystery and unofficial US ambassador to North Korea Dennis Rodman has taken to Twitter to call on his BFF Kim Jong-un to release American Kenneth Bae, who was imprisoned for “crimes aimed to topple the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”.
I’m calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him “Kim”, to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) May 7, 2013
Rodman’s tweet was in response to an article in the Seattle Times by Thanh Tan which called on the ex-NBA player to use whatever influence he had to ensure Bae’s release:
I really hate to connect an international crisis to buffoonish behavior, but Bae is being used as a political pawn by a desperate despot who happened to gallivant around the country with Rodman in March. Perhaps now is the retired player’s chance to use his notoriety for something other than to over-inflate his ego.
Bringing up Rodman in this context might be a stretch, but who else is friendly with King Jong Un these days? “He just wants to be loved. He just wants to sit down and talk. That’s all,” Rodman said of the dictator upon his return from that first trip.
— Thanh Tan(@uscthanhtan) May 7, 2013
Bae was arrested in November 2012 and has been detained ever since. An NK News investigation revealed that Bae, a trained missionary, was using his China-based tour company to bring fellow missionaries into North Korea.
“I knew that Jesus wanted me to be a ‘channel’ to the North,” Bae said during a sermon he delivered to a Korean congregation gathered at the U.S. church in December 2011. “This year, I’m working at taking several short term missionary teams into North Korea.”