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(CNN) - It is a government cloaked in secrecy, which made North Korea's decision to grant a CNN crew rare access to three American captives all the more stunning.
Kenneth Bae, Matthew Miller and Jeffrey Fowle were each presented for five minute interviews with CNN's Will Ripley. Bae pleaded for help from the US government. Miller described his situation as "urgent." And Fowle acknowledged he was desperate to get back to his family.
The men all say they were speaking freely, but that notion is being met with heavy skepticism and with good reason. North Korea has long used its detainees as pawns in a bizarre chess match with US officials.
So just what exactly does their government hope to gain by granting these interviews and how should the Obama administration react?
Philip Yun, former North Korea Adviser under President Clinton and Executive Director of Ploughshares, joined CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.
(CNN) – After nearly a week of protests and pleading, today the Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson finally released the name of the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Also released were accusations that Michael Brown was a suspect in a convenience store robbery that took place just before the shooting.
But what police here in Ferguson call "transparency" is being labeled nothing short of "character assassination" by Brown's family.
Kyung Lah brings the latest on the South Korea ferry disaster; reporting the newest grim discovery on board.
Retired Northwest Airlines pilot David Funk discusses the systems in place to ensure pilots are stable enough to fly.
MH370 investigators are focusing on the mental state of the pilots to see if the plane could have been sabotaged. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.