American says she confessed in North Korean prison

SAN JOSE, California — An American who was imprisoned in North Korea for months after briefly crossing into the reclusive country while researching the sex trade said she told interrogators in a ploy for mercy that she was trying to overthrow the government.
In her first televised interview since her August release, Laura Ling said on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that aired Tuesday that she was told the worst could happen if she didn't confess.
Ling said she drew suspicion because she worked for San Francisco-based Current TV, a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore.
"I knew that that was the confession they wanted to hear and I was told if you confess there may be forgiveness and if you're not frank, if you don't confess, then the worst could happen," Ling said.