Otto Warmbier’s bizarre, tragic trip to North Korea

WYOMING, Ohio (AP) — Over and over, Otto Warmbier apologized and begged – at first calmly, then choking up and finally in tears – to be reunited with his family.

North Korean officials seated at long tables watched impassively, with cameras rolling and journalists taking notes, as the adventuresome, accomplished 21-year-old college student from suburban Cincinnati talked animatedly about the “severe crime” that had put him there: trying to take a propaganda banner for someone back home, supposedly in return for a used car and to impress a semi-secret society he wanted to join, and all under the supposed direction of the U.S. government.

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