- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman made a street plea to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, about the release of a Korean-American that’s been sentenced and jailed: “Do me a solid.”

Let Kenneth Bae go, he said, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Rodman made the plea via a Wednesday Twitter: “Do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.”


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Mr. Bae was just sentenced by North Korea’s Supreme Court to 15 years of hard labor for unspecified “hostile acts” against the country. He’s a Korean-American from Washington state who travels to North Korea frequently to work, to feed orphans and to perform other acts of charity, various media have reported.

He was arrested in November while working as a tour guide, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Bae is the sixth American to be detained in North Korea since 2009. The previous five were all released and deported.

Mr. Rodman visited North Korea in February and struck up friendly relations with the dictator, hanging with him at a basketball game and telling him, “You have a friend for life,” CNN reported.