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Jenkins Ready for Court-Martial (Deserter in North Korea for 40 Years! Weird Story....)
Yomiuri News (Tokyo) in English ^ | 28 July 2004 | Yomiuri News

Posted on 07/27/2004 1:42:57 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo

(Sgt. Charles Robert) Jenkins Ready for Court-Martial

Yomiuri Shimbun

Charles Jenkins, the husband of former abductee Hitomi Soga, has confided to his nephew that he is prepared to be court-martialed, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

Jenkins, who is accused of deserting the U.S. Army while stationed in South Korea in 1965, made the comment in a handwritten note delivered to James Hyman before he returned to his North Carolina home last Sunday.

Hyman claimed in a press conference Friday in Tokyo that the Japanese government had prevented him from seeing his uncle.

In the letter, Jenkins, whose full name is Charles Robert Jenkins, also touched on his feelings for his family back in the United States.

He mentioned he had twice spoken to Hyman's younger sister, Pat, by telephone while in Jakarta, and thanked him for making a video of the family that Soga had asked him to make.

"I received the letter before returning home, but I can't give you any more details about how it got to me," Hyman, who arrived in Japan on July 17, immediately before Jenkins did, told The Yomiuri Shimbun in a telephone interview.

The full text of the letter--reprinted here as Jenkins wrote it--is as follows:

"James I am sick and I can see (no one). Pat called me two times.

"I would like to see you, but it is impossible at this time. But please leave the video cassetts (sic). I would like to see my family befor (sic) I die.

"Tell everyone I said hello and if I make it through the courtmarishal (sic) I will see you all. Love Robert Jenkins."

The letter is dated July 23, with the date written in Korean script at the end of the message.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Japan; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: 1965; army; charlesjenkins; courtmartial; defect; desertion; dmz; dprk; japan; jenkins; kimjongil; northcarolina; plea; pyongyang; soga; spelling; tokyo; ucmj
Weird. Also, 'spell checker' needed ASAP!!

Note he signed it as "Robert", his middle name, which he always went by. His defection letters from North Korea back in 1965 were signed "Charles", which he did not generally go by.

Can anyone imagine this chap teaching ENGLISH to North Koreans at Amnokgang Teacher's College in Pyongyang????

What also is emerging is that Jenkins told Japanese officials, now that he is in Japan, that were he to meet his Japanese wife Soga in China instead of Indonesia (who had been kidnapped by the North but released two years), the North Koreans promised Jenkins a private driver/car in Pyongyang and his home renovated, and an award from Kim Jong il--provided he could get her to go BACK to North Korea with him to live there.

1 posted on 07/27/2004 1:42:59 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Isn't there some statute of limitations or a law against prosecuting a simple-minded or something like that?

I think the Services should let people desert, as long as they understand that they will have to live in North Korea for 40 years.
2 posted on 07/27/2004 1:46:50 PM PDT by BikerNYC
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To: BikerNYC
One indeed wants to get into this guy's brain.

I would cherish being the debriefer.

There are tons of serious, very serious questions I wish to ask him myself. He had better cut a deal and cooperate, there are agrieved families of American POWs in DPRK, who wonder if he came in contact with any of their people up there....and whatever happened to them.

So far, this is probably the only guy outside of North Korea that knows something about them....except perhaps Hwang Jang Yop. Let's hope he doesnt croak before the interrogation and proceedings.

3 posted on 07/27/2004 1:50:12 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (***Since The Iraq War & Transition Period Began, NORTH KOREA HAS MANUFACTURED (8) NUCLEAR WEAPONS***)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

"Note he signed it as "Robert", his middle name, which he always went by. His defection letters from North Korea back in 1965 were signed "Charles", which he did not generally go by."



thats what makes me think he was kidnapped,in Rich square he was known as "Super due his small statue and bravdo

I think our goverment knows more then they are saying


4 posted on 07/27/2004 1:50:13 PM PDT by Charlespg (Civilization and freedom are only worthy of those who defend or support defending It)
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To: Charlespg

Apparantly, some jerks conveniently "lost" some of his several letters from Pyongyang to his relatives, that were intercepted by Uncle Sam (and never shown to the relatives). These could prove his innocence or guilt. Now they are lost to the ages. Hmmm.


5 posted on 07/27/2004 1:52:15 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (***Since The Iraq War & Transition Period Began, NORTH KOREA HAS MANUFACTURED (8) NUCLEAR WEAPONS***)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I have not gotten to follow this case in the past week or so, and it is not clear by this article, but your comments infer it.

Is Jenkins in Japan now?

6 posted on 07/27/2004 1:54:06 PM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: AmericanInTokyo
funny how some freepers can call this guy a traitor and we don't even know if he was forced to write those letters . As for the letters never being sent to his family and then lost,

I find that Very suspicious,I would not put it past the state Department Bureaucrats to falsely Labeled Jenkins A defector so they won'nt Have to Deal the headache and Political Fallout of NK kiddnapping an American

7 posted on 07/27/2004 2:12:53 PM PDT by Charlespg (Civilization and freedom are only worthy of those who defend or support defending It)
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To: Charlespg

Yes, I can agree with what you say.


8 posted on 07/27/2004 2:15:04 PM PDT by BikerNYC
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To: Jalapeno
Oh, yes, he arrived (in Japan) at least 10 days ago. More or less spirited away from three N.K. agents in Jakarta who kept demanding so see him down there (Japanese govt. tugged enough to keep him from going back over to North Korea).

He was in much better shape getting off the plane from Pyongyang in Jakarta, than he was when he struggled at Haneda (Tokyo) afterwards. Either a heck of a show, or the guy is going down hill fast. There are many skeptics. I am told Jenkins has turned to strong drink and violence in his family, probably due to hating North Korea on the one hand, and on the other not knowing what Uncle Sam would do to him. Rightly or wrongly--others can judge that--he is suffering no doubt.

9 posted on 07/27/2004 2:22:11 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (***Since The Iraq War & Transition Period Began, NORTH KOREA HAS MANUFACTURED (8) NUCLEAR WEAPONS***)
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To: Jalapeno

FYI, the photo above is him getting off the plane in Tokyo the week before last. His two daughers took off their Kim Il Sung badges (they are behind him in white). He is with his wife, who was kidnapped from Japan to North Korea (her mother killed in the process) some 25 years ago.


10 posted on 07/27/2004 2:24:23 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (***Since The Iraq War & Transition Period Began, NORTH KOREA HAS MANUFACTURED (8) NUCLEAR WEAPONS***)
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To: Charlespg
You do know, of course, some "armchairs" here on FR have already had Jenkins strung up, kicking and dead, even before an official arrest, trial and verdict under US Military Justice........
11 posted on 07/27/2004 2:26:45 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (***Since The Iraq War & Transition Period Began, NORTH KOREA HAS MANUFACTURED (8) NUCLEAR WEAPONS***)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

May he live his last years in the brig at Ft Levenworth - He is still a traitor!


12 posted on 07/27/2004 2:34:12 PM PDT by steplock ( www.spadata.com)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I'm not surprised,and Id bet they haven't been any closer to NK or the military then I have. /s
13 posted on 07/27/2004 2:35:50 PM PDT by Charlespg (Civilization and freedom are only worthy of those who defend or support defending It)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

These could prove his innocence or guilt. ???

You think this traitor is NOT guilty? age has nothing to do with guilt.

He should have stayed in N Korea where he deserves to die.


14 posted on 07/27/2004 2:36:24 PM PDT by steplock ( www.spadata.com)
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To: steplock

what if he WAS kidnapped,and what about a trial first?
or is that to much to ask?


15 posted on 07/27/2004 2:42:20 PM PDT by Charlespg (Civilization and freedom are only worthy of those who defend or support defending It)
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To: steplock
"May he live his last years in the brig at Ft Levenworth - He is still a traitor!"

How do you know? Some people think he was kidnapped by the North Koreans. His wife certainly was.

It makes more sense than him wanting to go live in North Korea voluntarily. No one WANTS to live in North Korea.
16 posted on 07/27/2004 2:58:10 PM PDT by monday
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To: monday
What do we know about this guy. He may or may not have defected. He married a woman that was kidnapped off the beach in Japan. I think all things considered we can wait for the military to talk to this guy and figure out how he showed up in North Korea.

If he did run north on his own I would like the hear how he rates that decision now after all these years in the "Workers Paradise."

17 posted on 07/27/2004 3:17:16 PM PDT by USNBandit (Florida military absentee voter number 537.)
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To: monday

I was stationed in Japan during the late nineties before N. Korea admitted to kidnapping all these Japanese citizens. There was always speculation, but no confirmation. Always rumors from N. Korean defectors. I am actually surprised they didn't try to kidnap Americans off the line to use for intel purposes.


18 posted on 07/27/2004 3:23:16 PM PDT by USNBandit (Florida military absentee voter number 537.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

It seems pretty obvious... He wants free health care.

He is guaranteed to get it here.


19 posted on 07/27/2004 4:28:53 PM PDT by Future Useless Eater (FreedomLoving_Engineer)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

From the photo, it looks like he has spawned too,

so his wife and kids and clan will come over too.

open borders for deserters.


20 posted on 07/27/2004 4:30:19 PM PDT by Future Useless Eater (FreedomLoving_Engineer)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Have you heard this?

N Korea plotted to get Jenkins' wife back if reunited in Beijing

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 08:16 JST
TOKYO — Alleged U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins has told Japanese officials that North Korea had planned to have him take his wife, a repatriated Japanese abductee, back to Pyongyang had their reunion taken place in Beijing, Japanese government sources said Tuesday.

Jenkins, 64, was quoted as saying the North Korean government promised that if he succeeded in bringing his wife Hitomi Soga back to Pyongyang, the family would be given a luxury, chauffeur-driven car, increased food rations and other benefits. (Kyodo News)

http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=9&id=306770


21 posted on 07/27/2004 6:38:18 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Never mind, I reread your post and saw you had seen the story I put up in #21.

Can anyone imagine this chap teaching ENGLISH to North Koreans at Amnokgang Teacher's College in Pyongyang????

Reminds of a guy I knew on my first ship. He was from deep woods Alabama with a drawl so thick he was almost incomphrensible in addition to his horrible grammar. His last duty station had been the Midway in Yokosuka and he was always bragging about how he been an English teacher on the side. We used to roll on the floor laughing at the image of Japanese walking around speaking like him.

22 posted on 07/27/2004 6:49:24 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Yeah, I was wondering why they weren't wearing their red pins, like all NK's are required to do...


23 posted on 07/27/2004 8:19:08 PM PDT by Guillermo (It's the 99% of Mohammedans that make the other 1% look bad)
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To: steplock

Thanks. I'll wait for the military trial and all of the details, thank you. Of course, the preponderence is that he did it willingly, no argument there. Since you havent the power to officially convict as guilty without reasonable doubt, or go on to execute, you are actually quite powerless--as am I over the situation. Thanks for your input, though.


24 posted on 07/28/2004 5:28:17 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (***Since The Iraq War & Transition Period Began, NORTH KOREA HAS MANUFACTURED (8) NUCLEAR WEAPONS***)
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To: FL_engineer
That is not quite exact.

And of course you have been intimately familiar with this case for years, so I defer to your 'judgement'.

The facts are, Soga does NOT want to go the United States. She is Japanese (was kidnapped mind you--sorry for those details) and wants to stay in her own country. She wants the two daughters who were "spawned" to stay there too. And no doubt they want to. Further, the husband does not want to go back to the US. So I don't know where you get your information that the whole bunch want to come to the USA and leech based on our open borders....

25 posted on 07/28/2004 5:32:08 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (***Since The Iraq War & Transition Period Began, NORTH KOREA HAS MANUFACTURED (8) NUCLEAR WEAPONS***)
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To: steplock

This fellow could easily fit into the Berger national security offices if Kerry gets elected.


26 posted on 07/28/2004 5:34:50 AM PDT by oldironsides
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