Aijalon Gomes, an individual fighting for a broader purpose
Missionary or freelance freedom-fighter, who is Aijalon Gomes?
I Googled to find out what I could about him and there is an interesting NPR report that provides insight indicating that he is self-motivated to do things that he believes will benefit people.
“"As an outsider, it seems incredibly stupid what he did, but Aijalon stopped living for himself awhile ago," van Broekhuizen says. "If you know him, you would understand that everything that he did was to benefit the people around him. And I'm sure he was convinced that what he did could in a way help the people of North Korea to be free again."”
Americans show up every now and then, on their own, trying to do something good, such as the journalists who entered North Korea from China as an “accident.”
Such probing into an arch enemy by individual citizens is dangerous to them personally. Their forays may be naïve. Yet, there is something else common among them. That is, they are intensely independent and committed to their ideals as they perceive them. They operate under the banner of being an American, standing for human liberty and individualism, knowing that when the chips are down, someone like themselves will come to their aid.
Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Bill Richardson are leaders who will take personal risks and leverage their power and influence for individuals advancing a broader purpose.
“Aijalon Mahli Gomes is an American teacher from Boston, Massachusetts, who was detained in North Korea on January 25, 2010 for illegally entering the country. On August 27, 2010, it was announced that former U.S. president Jimmy Carter secured Aijalon's release.
Gomes is a fundamentalist Christian who sympathized with the plight of North Koreans, and the general consensus among those who know him is that he crossed into North Korea to act as a missionary and for humanitarian reasons. 
In June 2010, North Korea threatened "harsher punishment" by "applying a wartime law to him" if the United States continued its "hostile approach" in the follow-up to the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan. Gomes was reported to have been hospitalized after attempting suicide in July. 
Before Gomes's freedom was secured by former US president Jimmy Carter, the American government sent a consular envoy to Pyongyang to discuss his release but Gomes remained in North Korea.  In August 2010, the country agreed to release Gomes, but only if Jimmy Carter came to get him. Carter agreed to the trip  and arrived in Pyongyang on August 25. On August 26, North Korea released Gomes in response to Carter's visit. ”