An Australian student detained by North Korea has been quietly set free, and experts say President Donald Trump deserves credit for his release. . .
Alek Sigley, 29, of Perth went missing in North Korea last week ahead of President Trump’s historic visit to the communist country for a meeting with its dictator, Kim Jong Un. The New York Times reported Sigley was released Thursday morning and flew to Beijing, issuing a statement the next day thanking Australian and Swedish officials for orchestrating his freedom.
According to two experts, Sigley has other people to thank, namely President Trump. Former Australian MP Michael Johnson — who visited North Korea in 2006, 2007, and 2009 — says that if it weren’t for Trump’s visit to the rogue nation, Sigley could have met a similar fate to American college student Otto Warmbier, who died in 2017 shortly after being returned to the U.S. following detainment in North Korea.
Johnson told the Daily Mail, “Now we diplomatically and politically owe the Americans something and you can bet your bottom dollar, a favour will be asked and its delivery expected.”
He went on to argue that if President Trump hadn’t met with Kim, the best case scenario for Sigley would have been “another 12 months in physical detention and being roughed up.” (Read more from “President Trump Credited After North Korea Quietly Releases Detainee” HERE)