North Korean escapee accepts blame for hurting defectors' credibility

February 16, 2015 10:29 AM

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SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean prison camp survivor central to a U.N. campaign against Pyongyang's rights abuses accepted on Monday that changing parts of his story had tarnished the credibility of defectors from the country.

Shin Dong-hyuk, who shot to international fame with the publication of "Escape from Camp 14" by former Washington Post correspondent Blaine Harden in 2012, last month recanted key elements of his account of torture and subsequent escape from a North Korean prison camp.

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