Kenneth Bae, the Korean-American missionary being held in North Korea, has made a desperate plea for the U.S. government to secure his release.
In a recorded video message released on Monday, Bae said he had committed a "serious crime" against North Korea, adding that the regime does "not abuse human rights."
He asked the U.S. government, media and even his family to stop releasing materials related to him, which were not based on the facts.
It is worth remembering that any statement made by Bae in captivity would be sanctioned by the North Korean government and the regime has a long history of exacting false "confessions."
Bae was arrested in November 2012, accused of crimes against the state for which he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.