Dow plane played role in Clinton's North Korea mission

    MIDLAND, Michigan - Dow Chemical Co. says it provided a plane to assist former President Bill Clinton's mission to North Korea to free two imprisoned U.S. journalists.

    Midland-based Dow and its CEO, Andrew Liveris, were among those thanked Wednesday by Laura Ling upon her arrival in California.

    Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for Al Gore's Current TV, were released after Clinton met with communist leader Kim Jong Il on Tuesday.

    Dow said in a statement that "the Dow plane was used in different parts of the mission in recent days."

    Liveris declined Wednesday to reveal details of the company's "small ... but enabling role."

    An aircraft owned by Stephen Bing, a longtime Democratic donor and fundraiser, carried Clinton and the journalists back to the United States.

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