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I was appalled to read your editorial of June 2 on the subject of Robert Kim’s release. This man committed a serious crime in the United States, and yet for some reason you chose to exonerate him simply because he acted for love of Korea. Your argument makes no sense, and Robert Kim deserves no excuses. He broke U.S. law and paid the price. It’s unfortunate that major media organizations like yours continue to peddle the myth that he deserves the sympathy of the Korean people. In fact, the government was right to ignore pleas for his early release. A question you should ponder: What would happen if an American, after taking citizenship in Korea, began leaking secrets from his workplace to the U.S. Embassy here? Answer: He’d be jailed, and deservedly so. Nationalism does not, and should never, trump the rule of law.

by John Beach
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