The Untold Story of Otto Warmbier

Otto Warmbier was an American college student who went on a trip to Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea back in 2016. On this trip he found himself caught up in some real trouble as he was put on trial and sentenced to 15 years hard labor after being convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster.

A year on from the trial Otto would succumb to the punishment he received whilst in North Korea, after having been sent home to the US in a vegetative state he died with the coroner declaring severe brain damage as the cause of death. US President Donald Trump tweeted that Otto had been “tortured beyond belief” by the North Koreas, blaming both Kim Jong Un and the Obama administration for his death. He even made several media appearances with Otto’s parents. However, they just became pawns in a political game being played by Trump.

This all occurred at the peak of the North Korean missile crisis, but as tensions eased between the two nations Trump became warmer towards Kim Jong Un and would eventually change his tune. In 2019 he stated that he believed Kim had no knowledge of what happened to the US student which deeply upset his parents.

What really happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea? In this film, we see veteran foreign correspondent Klaus Scherer attempt to find out through a number of interviews with those who worked closely on the case but have been largely unheard up to now.

Directed by: Klaus Scherer

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  1. rRump is a loser

  2. It’s sad that “DW” choose to attack Fox News, Trump, etc and carry water for the North Koreans.

  3. They can’t help but bash Trump. Get over it. Tell a story about Otto and leave the political positions out.

    • Really? Then why did Donald Trump use poor Otto’s parents (even a giving them a standing ovation) tweet that Otto had been tortured by NK and then change the narrative completely?
      They either did or they didn’t kill him so why did the, orange EX POTUS say that they’d tortured him mercilessly and a few months later was smiling and shaking that vile dictators hand? (My favourite photo is when he’s got a huge smile on his face and his thumb up sitting next to Kim Jong un that thumb appeared up in so many photos thankfully lasting only four years)
      It had a great to do with Donald Trump.
      Maybe you take comfort in the fact that had it been you or one of your family members in Otto‘s place, that this man wouldn’t have lifted a finger to help you either? ( he was just as bad as Obama!)
      Doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat, no president was going to have the guts to stand up to to NK!

      RIP Otto – you found yourself in a situation so far over your head for such a young man and I’m so sorry what happened to you.
      Also a shame that both people occupying the seat in the highest office in your home land, didn’t try to help you either ( one even shamelessly using you as political fodder after your death.)
      Shame on Obama, Trump and North Korea for not valuing the life of such a very young man that was robbed of his life.

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