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News - September 4, 2009

Diplomat still leads dramatic life

Mountain View resident David Straub helped Clinton free journalists in North Korea

by Daniel DeBolt

When former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea last month to negotiate the release of two American journalists, the advisor at his side was Mountain View resident David Straub, a former American diplomat.

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Posted by John Stephens, a resident of another community
on Sep 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I have lived in Korea from 1982-1986 and 1993-Present, a total of 22 years as Military and Civilian. I can agree totally with Mr. Straub. I was in Korea in 2002 when the "accident" happened. The perception of this tragic affair in Korea and the U.S.A. was and is completely different. It is a cultural difference which can't be understood by either cultures, which in itself is tragic and leads to unnecessaray confrontations. Thankfully these this confrontation has generally abated and relations and feelings for the U.S.A. by Koreans has greatly improved.