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Tue, 2017-Jun-20 01:48 UTC
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With 379,880 views on Monday, 19 June 2017 our article of the day is Otto Warmbier.
Otto Frederick Warmbier (WARM-beer; December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017) was an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 to June 2017 after being convicted of "hostile acts" against the country. Warmbier, then 21 years old, confessed to stealing a political propaganda poster and was sentenced to 15 years' hard labor. The United States made diplomatic efforts to seek Warmbier's release. A U.S. State Department spokesman said Warmbier's harsh sentence was a response to U.S. sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear activities. According to his father, Warmbier's confession was forced, and he was abducted by the North Korean government for political purposes.
Warmbier fell into a coma in North Korea and was released in June 2017, after nearly 18 months there. According to North Korean authorities, Warmbier's coma was a result of botulism and a sleeping pill, but U.S. physicians cast doubt on that claim. Warmbier arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 13 and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for immediate evaluation and treatment. He was diagnosed with "severe neurological injury." His father believes that he was "terrorized and brutalized".
Warmbier died on June 19, 2017, six days after his return to the United States.
This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 01:48 UTC on Tuesday, 20 June 2017.
For the full current version of the article, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Warmbier.
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