Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, was abruptly allowed to leave today on a U.S. government jet.

Fowle, 56, of Miamisburg, Ohio, had been awaiting trial on charges of leaving a Bible at a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin last May. Proseletyzing is illegal in North Korea.

A Defense Department plane carried Fowle out of the country, but it was not immediately clear when he was supposed to return home.

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