Otto Warmbier Has Died, Family Blames "North Korea's Torturous Mistreatment", Trump Condemns "Brutal Regime... Will Handle It"

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Just days after North Korea released Otto Warmbier after holding him hostage for 17 months, his family has just reported the sad news of his passing.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in North Korea, convicted of subversion after he tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.

The University of Virginia student was held for more than 17 months and medically evacuated from North Korea last week. Doctors said he returned with severe brain damage, but it wasn't clear what caused it.

Family Statement:

It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm.


It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost - future time that won't be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched - Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia to name just two - that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family. Otto went well beyond his immediate family.


We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto.


Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.


When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable - almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed - he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.


We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are at peace and at home too.

Fred & Cindy Warmbier and Family

Quoted by Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs, on the death of Warmbier Trump said "at least he got home to his parents" and added: "It's a brutal regime and we'll be able to handle it." It's unclear just how.

The White House's full, just released statement is below;

Office of the Press Secretary
June 19, 2017


Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Passing of Otto Warmbier


Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto's family and friends, and all who loved him.


Otto's fate deepens my Administration's determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency. The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.

And here John McCain who wants to “state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime.”

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archem's picture

those bastards 

Cheka_Mate's picture

Did he get the same treatment as Dear Leader's Brother in the Malaysian airport??

Rancho Texican's picture

Who the hell goes to North Korea and expects to survive?

Jim Sampson's picture

Is this the part where Trump goes off on N. Korea?

tmosley's picture

Commies killing commies. This is what happens when they run out of non communists to kill.

Looney's picture

Doctors said he returned with severe brain damage, but it wasn't clear what caused it.

 From what I hear, neither sleeping pills nor Botulism had anything to do with Warmbier’s condition. The Norks, most likely, took a page from the CIA’s playbook.

A regular Microwave Oven’s door-switch can be easily rigged, so the MWO can be turned on with the door opened.

An open MWO could’ve been placed next to Warmbier’s head and turned on for a few minutes. THAT would’ve fucked up his brain really badly. This “procedure” turns a perfectly healthy person into a plant and it is undetectable later on, unless the brain was “fried”, literally.

The Norks did not invent this horrible shit, but judging by the poor guy’s veggie-state, they may have used it.

Who in their right mind would even come up with this evil shit???

BTW… The “Open MWO treatment” is rumored to have been used at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and some Black Sites in Albania, Romania, and Lithuania. The Ukrainian Junta, supported by the CIA from the get-go, has been using this “procedure” on an industrial scale – many of those arrested for supporting the break-away republics were later released in exactly the same condition as poor Otto Warmbier.


eclectic syncretist's picture

If our antimissile defenses can't detect and avoid a phillipino cargo ship it's hard to see how we're going to stop North Korea's missiles, as much as I hate to say it.

Never One Roach's picture

Sadly, the caliber and quality of our military has degenerated to the point where it looks bleak. The special forces are still top notch but  the average grunt is sadly stupid, very much like the average American back home.

As you say, if these guys cannot see a billion ton huge cargo ship coming toward them, how in the world are they going to shoot down a speeding tiny nuke missile way up in the sky?

8 years of Soweeto has consequences, even for our military.

MEFOBILLS's picture

8 years of Soweeto has consequences, even for our military.


The 1965 immigration act was 2017-1965 =52 years.  Soweto was a symptom, not the cause.  And the ((symptom))?

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

So that "free" NK health care wasn't so great after all...

curbjob's picture

Fuck, killed for trying to steal a political banner.. shows just how barbaric these Norks are.

It's like a kid going to celebrate his uncles wedding and some cunt in another country drops a missile on the party by remote control. 

luky luke's picture

Trump Will Handle It???????

The guy can't even handle HIS HAIR, let alone N Korea/China. Worst POTUS in history.

Oh regional Indian's picture

What the fuck was he doing in NK in the first place? 

Check out his Wiki page, jewish activism member, LSE, Uof V.... he was not on a happy camping trip to NK.

Plus, ONE murrcan dies and oh my, the purrresident reacts with righteous indignation, meanwhile.... I mean, c'mon, frigging hypocrites... come the fuck on....

talk about misplaced outrage....

jeff montanye's picture

couldn't agree more.  a million plus dead at the hands of the u.s.

and, why go?  read the orphanmaster's son if you want to see how n.k. is bleeding into the u.s. via 9-11.   imo. 

the reason they killed (brain damage) the young man was to obtain control of his mind.  why the aipac and the likud/mossad just will not trust trump: because he has never been properly vetted.  

he is not a "made man".

Oh regional Indian's picture

A quick youtube search will reveal the horrendous war crimes the US committed in NK during the totally meaningless Korean war....

Americans have really bad memories/knowledge when it comes to their own sins of commission and omission...

Oh regional Indian's picture

I don't. I did and am grateful for my time there. I learned a lot and paid a shit load of taxes, so all fair and square.

I left when the reality of the Iraq aggresion got too much for me to bear..... along with all the other realizations that came with it.

fattail's picture

My sympathy is with the rest of the korean people.  Who the fuck goes to north korea.  I read somewhere that his condition could have been caused by a failed suicide attempt by hanging.

No doubt trump will use this as a reason to unleash another 100 cruise missles on israel's enemies in the middle east.

R4Recision's picture

Yeah, practically ALL these "groups" travelling to NK are actually evangelists for one church or another.

I think it was in the book My Holiday In North Korea that I first heard about it, all these bible bashers are sneaking in under false pretenses (and in Direct violation of NK law) to "save" the poor benighted denizens of the hermit kingdom - whether they want it or not. And - actually NOT.  

The NK's VERY explicitly say DO NOT COME HERE AND DO THAT.

Yet still these fools go there anyway.

Darwin Awards anyone... 



Antivenom's picture

Whereas obama bent over backwards to get the traitor Bengdahl (sp) freed.

stinkypinky's picture

Dennis Rodman gave a demonstration of his Mad Skillz on the court to celebrate liberating Otto, and it left the kid's head spinning so bad it killed him :(.

DeadFred's picture

Severe brain damage is common everywhere I'm sure. The guy went to NK because he felt it would be an adventure. Go figure, he was right. <note to self: don't visit North Korea as a tourist... ever>

jeff montanye's picture

what do you mean by "as a tourist"?

as i said, read the orphanmaster's son to get even a hint of life in n.k.  and how it might be like for the non-tourist u.s. visitors.  a tour de force of imagination.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Look at the names of the seven sailors killed in that collision. Only two sound American. Our armed forces have become one giant foreign legion.

jeff montanye's picture

in some ways the united states of america is a process as well as a state of being.

yarpos's picture

I wonder what kind of name you have to have to sound American???

land_of_the_few's picture

Given that you have around 77% of the US population as white and European and in general the biggest ethnic groups in the US are are UK / German  / Irish ..... have a wild guess at what kind of names he means?

California Nightmares's picture

Well, if we're gonna do it, we should do it right: neutron bombs. No one left to fire artillery. Harsh but effective. And in the long run. much less messy.   

cheech_wizard's picture

Dear Looney,

     Please stop giving away my plans to turn this into a directional weapon that can be used to turn any single individual's mind into mush at the mere press of a button. However, I am not so convinced this weapon has not already been perfected and given trial runs on certain politicians right here in the U.S. Witness the ramblings of Pelosi for an example.

Standard Disclaimer: Evil shit happens all the time. Evil shit is thought about even more.


ILikeBoats's picture

Do you have a source on the Ukrainians using it? Usually anyone using "Ukrainian Junta" un-ironically is a disinfo shill, but I'll suspend judgment for now.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Perhaps he is getting confused with the board game that requires clear thought and a masterful sense of wit and logic.

It's U Cranium!!!TM


* For children 9-16 years of age.

equity_momo's picture

Fucking hell thats outrageous.   The human species has a blind spot in its evolutionary process doesnt it. 

For all the progress we make  , we cant stop inventing new ways to torture and murder. Going to be our undoing now we have nukes.

cheech_wizard's picture

Required reading (came across this in High School causing me to generally lose faith in the entire human race at an early age, and guess what, the human race has yet to disappoint me.)


equity_momo's picture

I'll pass thanks. I read enough about what the Bolsheviks got upto a mere 100 years ago to realise we are unable to improve. 


BarkingCat's picture

That is some sick fucked up shit.

Drater's picture

Watching endless re-runs of the Kardashians will also give similar results....

HungryPorkChop's picture

Somehow I believe the chubby dictator is outlasting his usefulness even for the Chinese. 

Al Gophilia's picture

FUCK YOU, MC'STAIN. Got yourself another opportunity to get your face in front of the people, eh? Your whole life has been tied to the coattails of horror. It has your family's trademark.

TheAnswerIs42's picture

Unfortunately (or mebbe not) the “Open MWO treatment” from regular microwave ovens is complete BS.

Unlike cucumbers or hamburger, living humans have a circulation system which dumps the excess heat out of the body.

If you tried this stunt (and the Navy did) you would just get sweaty.

The ONLY part of your body which is sensitive is the eyeball, where the circulation is much less and the heat will accumulate and cause damage.

Now maybe if they left the poor fuck inside for a few hours it would dehydrate his system enough to the point of cooking the brain, but he would be stinky dead.


waspwench's picture

You know, it really is looney to put information like this out where it can be seen by wannabe terrorists, mexican drug cartel members, the boyz in the hood gangbangers and retards everywhere. 

A lot of people who would be too stupid to figure this out for themselves have now been given clear instructions.

merizobeach's picture

You make a good point, but I have doubts about whether the demographics you mention are readers of this site.

yarpos's picture

you make it sound like google doesnt exist

HowdyDoody's picture

Quite a lot of people - e.g. aviation enthusiasts who want to fly in aircraft not used elsewhere.

Or crazy Americans who want to travel on NKs rail system

neutrino3's picture

So mediaval ... not a single tentown.

STP's picture

The train trip, showed how incredibly bleak, that whole country is.  Drab terrain and washed out colors, totally dominated the entire trip.  The skyscrapers made the LA County Jail, look like the Taj Mahal.

HRClinton's picture

Confucius say "If Warmbier go to North Korea, come back on Cold Bier."