Dennis Rodman Calls On N. Korea To Release Local Man

(CBS Seattle) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is trying to do his part to get a Lynnwood man released from a North Korean prison with the help of social media.

Kenneth Bae, 44, was arrested last November and in April he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for what North Korea’s state media called “hostile acts.”

In a tweet Tuesday, Rodman called on North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un to “do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.”

Analysts say Bae’s arrest is likely an attempt by North Korea to force a meeting with the United States. He is at least the sixth American detained in North Korea since 2009. The others were eventually deported or released without serving out their terms, some after trips to Pyongyang by prominent Americans, including former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

(Screen grab from Dennis Rodman's Twitter page twitter.com/dennisrodman)

(Screen grab from Dennis Rodman’s Twitter page twitter.com/dennisrodman)

In February, Rodman spent a substantial amount of time in North Korea with Un. The pair watched a basketball game and later dined together.

When Rodman returned to the U.S. he said Un was an “awesome guy,” and his father and grandfather were “great leaders.”

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