Foreign Journalist Reportedly Saw Pol Pot

Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot has been reported seen by a foreign journalist for the first time in nearly two decades.

The Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review will publish the report by American Nate Thayer in its Aug. 7 issue, according to a statement Sunday from magazine owner Dow Jones & Co.

It said Thayer saw Pol Pot in the northern Cambodian guerrilla stronghold of Anlong Veng, but did not specify if he spoke with him.

Pol Pot oversaw a revolution in Cambodia in the 1970s that was one of the bloodiest of modern times. Its 2 million victims died of starvation, execution and disease in Khmer Rouge communes.

Pol Pot has not been interviewed by foreign reporters since a Japanese team met him in 1979 after he fled a Vietnamese invasion. There had been persistent reports in recent years that Pol Pot had died.

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