What to Know About Otto Warmbier, the U.S. Student Freed by North Korea


University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for 17 months for alleged anti-state acts, has been released according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday.

“At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea,” Tillerson said in a statement seen by the Associated Press. “Mr. Warmbier is en route to the U.S. where he will be reunited with his family.” The parents of the 22-year-old said in a statement that their son was medically evacuated from North Korea and has been in a coma for more than a year. The news comes as American former basketball player Dennis Rodman lands in Pyongyang, for what is believed to be his fifth trip to North Korea.

In April, TIME published an indepth feature on Warmbier and his situation by reporter Nash Jenkins. The quotes…

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