Dow Chemical Co. played a role in former President Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea this week to secure the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. According to this story from The Washington Post, Dow provided the corporate jet that took Clinton from his home in Westchester County, N.Y., to Burbank, Calif., where he transfered to a plane owned by Hollywood producer Steve Bing. Ling and Lee worked for a Current TV, a media company led by former Vice President Al Gore and former U.S. Senator Joel Hyatt. According to news reports, the journalists thanks Dow and its Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris for their role in the mission. Dow posted a brief news release on its Web site with a statement from Liveris:
"Dow is appreciative of the opportunity to provide assistance in support of the release of Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee, by providing aircraft support. The Dow plane was used in different parts of the mission in recent days. Dow is grateful that Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee are back home safely and we were honored to contribute to President Clinton's humanitarian mission to obtain their release."Ling and Lee were jailed for four months for allegedly entering North Korea illegally.