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  • Exclusive: Turkish military officer seeking asylum in United States - U.S. officials

    08/10/2016 2:14:35 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09 August 2016 8:51pm EDT | Phil Stewart and Yara Bayoumy
    [snip]The two U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the Turkish officer was working at the headquarters of NATO's Allied Command Transformation, located in Norfolk, Virginia. They did not name him or offer his rank. However, an official at Turkey's embassy in Washington said Turkish Navy Rear Admiral Mustafa Ugurlu had failed to report to authorities after Turkey issued a detention order for him last month. "On July 22, on that day he left his badges and his ID at the base and after that no one has heard anything from him," the official said, also...
  • North Korean soldier who defected to the South is found to have ANTHRAX antibodies [tr]

    12/26/2017 10:44:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 26, 2017 | Tariq Tahir and Sara Malm
    A North Korean soldier who defected to the South has been found to have anthrax antibodies in his bloodstream, local news reports. The unidentified soldier, believed to be the man who defected in November this year, would have been either exposed to or vaccinated against anthrax before he defected to South Korea. This comes after a report that North Korea is conducting biological weapons experiments to test the possibility of loading anthrax-laden warheads on its intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • Three North Koreans defect to South Korea, report says

    12/20/2017 7:24:29 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 36 replies
    foxnews ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | Nicole Darrah
    Three North Koreans — a soldier and two others — defected to South Korea this week and the South has fired warning shots at Northern guards searching for its latest defector, according to a report out Wednesday. A “low-ranking” soldier who defected to the South was spotted in front of a guard post just after 8 a.m. Thursday after crossing through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the Joint Chiefs of Staff. No shots were fired as the soldier moved across country lines, and there was no unusual movement detected coming from North Korea, according to the...
  • N.K. apparently replaces all border security guards after soldier's defection: source [N. Korea]

    11/23/2017 3:12:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/11/23
    N.K. apparently replaces all border security guards after soldier's defection: source 2017/11/23 17:29 SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is believed to have replaced all border security guards following a North Korean soldier's recent defection to the South via a jointly controlled area at the tense border, an intelligence source said Thursday. A North Korean soldier was shot and wounded by his fellows Nov. 13 when he sought to cross the heavily guarded inter-Korean border to defect. The replacement seems to be a response to their failure to deter his escape. "Signs were detected that North Korea has replaced...
  • UNC Releases Footage of North Korean Defector (Defection of a North Korean Soldier on Nov. 13, 2017)

    11/21/2017 9:41:15 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 21, 2017
  • North Korean Soldier Shot by Own Troops as He Defects to the South

    11/13/2017 10:00:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/12/2017 | By CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean troops fired on a fellow soldier who was defecting to South Korea on Monday across the heavily armed border dividing the countries, South Korean officials said, amid heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons program. The soldier was shot but succeeded in reaching the South, its military said in a statement. The North Korean soldier defected through Panmunjom, a village that straddles the border between the two Koreas. Alerted by gunshots, South Korean guards found the North Korean soldier about 55 yards south of the border line that bisects Panmunjom. He was taken to...
  • German Human Right Activist Vollertsen: "Ready For A Massive Defection of High Ranking N. Koreans"

    05/07/2003 5:02:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 326+ views
    Dong-A Ilbo ^ | 2003/05/06 | Kim Jong-An
    /start my translation German Human Right Activist Vollertsen: "Ready For A Massive Defection of High Ranking N. Korean Figures" Norbert Vollertsen(age 45: a doctor), a German human right activist, who has been actively helping N. Korean escapees confirmed on 6th (of May, 2003) that 20 high ranking N. Korean figures, including a N. Korean nuclear physicist Dr. Kyoung Won-Ha, did defect and that some of them are now staying in Washington D.C., U.S.A.. However, he refused to confirm whether Dr. Kyoung Won-Ha, known as the father of N. Korean nuclear development, himself is staying in Washington D.C.. Mr. Vollertsen is...
  • A N. Korean Diplomat Found Dead in Shenyang (Disappeared since Oct.)

    11/12/2009 8:32:50 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 564+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 11/13/09 | Choi Yushik
    /begin my translation A N. Korean Diplomat Found Dead in Shenyang (Disappeared since Oct.) Choi Yushik in Beijing 2009/11/13 Authorities looking into various possibilities A consul at N. Korean Consulate in Shenyang, China, was recently found dead in the city, raising tension among the diplomatic circles in China. A source on N. Korea in Beijing said on Nov. 12, "A consul in charge of economic affairs at N. Korean Consulate in Shenyang was found dead on Oct. 30. Chinese authorities are investigating." The consul went missing in early October, which prompted rumors. One version said he may have escaped to...
  • [N. Korea]Gov't to give upwards to 1 bln won to defectors with N.K. secrets

    03/04/2017 7:01:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/03/05
    Gov't to give upwards to 1 bln won to defectors with N.K. secrets 2017/03/05 SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korean defectors who have classified information about the reclusive country will receive up to 1 billion won (US$860,000) in reward money, the government said Sunday. The amount represents a four-fold increase from the 250 million won maximum amount offered at present, and is designed to get more North Korean elites to switch sides. It is also the first time in 20 years that Seoul has moved to increase the reward money given to defectors with useful, high-grade information. The Ministry...
  • North Korean diplomat defects

    08/17/2016 8:24:44 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 24 replies ^ | August 17, 2016 | Gul Tuysuz and KJ Kwon
    Seoul (CNN)A senior North Korean diplomat, along with his wife and children, has defected and reached safety in South Korea, making it the highest-level diplomatic defection from the Pyongyang regime in history. Thae Yong Ho, the deputy ambassador of the North Korean embassy in the UK, is under government protection, Jeong Joo-hee, a spokesman for the South Korean Unification Ministry, told reporters Wednesday.
  • [Exclusive] N. Korean General Defects Seeking Political Asylum (took $40m with him)

    07/31/2016 12:14:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 99 replies
    KBS (S. Korea) ^ | 2016-07-29
    [Exclusive] N. Korean General Defects Seeking Political Asylum Write : 2016-07-29 08:54:16 Update : 2016-07-29 14:15:08 Anchor: A general who was in charge of managing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's overseas slush funds is said to be in China after escaping from his country, and is seeking political asylum with two other North Koreans in a country other than South Korea. A source said that the three were separated from a diplomat from Pyongyang, who is seeking his own defection to another country. Here is Kim Bum-soo with KBS' exclusive report. Report: It has been made known that a general...
  • North Korean restaurant defectors 'were in China and left legally'

    04/12/2016 5:55:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | Apr. 12, 2016
    North Korean restaurant defectors 'were in China and left legally' China has said that 13 North Korean restaurant workers who defected to South Korea last week had been working in China and had left legally. In a rare comment on such issues, a foreign ministry spokesman said the 13 had the right documents to exit China. China tends to view North Koreans who escape across its border as illegal economic migrants and sends them back. The group are now in South Korea, which provides an aid and adjustment package for all North Koreans who defect.
  • (2nd LD) N.K. military intelligence officer defected to S. Korea last year: Seoul (Senior Colonel)

    04/10/2016 11:44:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/11
    (2nd LD) N.K. military intelligence officer defected to S. Korea last year: Seoul 2016/04/11 14:23 (ATTN: UPDATES with more info in paras 6, 12, 15-17) SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- A ranking North Korean military officer in charge of conducting intelligence operations defected to South Korea last year, Seoul's defense ministry said Monday, as the North's leader is tightening his grip on the regime. A North Korean senior colonel, whose name has been withheld, defected in 2015 after working at the North's reconnaissance bureau tasked with carrying out espionage missions against the South, the ministry said. "(The North Korean military...
  • North Korea’s Largest Recent Defector Group Arrives in South Korea

    04/09/2016 7:07:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 8, 2016 | Alastair Gale
    North Korea’s Largest Recent Defector Group Arrives in South Korea The group of 13 worked in a North Korean restaurant in an unidentified country By Alastair Gale Updated April 8, 2016 10:00 a.m. ET SEOUL—In one of the largest known group defections of North Koreans in recent years, 13 restaurant workers from the country have arrived together in South Korea, Seoul said. The group of one male manager and 12 female employees were based at a restaurant in an undisclosed country outside North Korea and reached South Korea on Thursday, a spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry said. The defection...
  • 20 N.Korean Officials Defected to S.Korea This Year

    10/21/2015 6:29:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Oct. 21, 2015
    20 N.Korean Officials Defected to S.Korea This Year Twenty North Korean officials have defected to South Korea so far this year, the National Intelligence Service told a National Assembly audit Tuesday. They were mostly diplomats but also include a high-ranking officer from the powerful Army politburo. NIS chief Lee Byung-ho told lawmakers the number of North Korean officials defecting from overseas is steadily increasing. Lee added that all 20 who defected this year now live in South Korea. Although they rank lower than the late Hwang Jang-yop, a senior Workers Party secretary, some are from the elite class, Lee said....
  • Reports Surface That White House Knew All Along About Bergdahl’s Desertion

    05/09/2015 6:45:10 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/17/2015 | JONAH BENNETT
    Contrary to some media speculation, top military leadership knew as early as late 2009 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had deserted. During an open-book question and answer session in Afghanistan, members of Bergdahl’s platoon directly asked then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen whether he was aware of Bergdahl’s desertion. Mullen “told me that he knew of the circumstances surrounding his walking off,” former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, one of the platoon members, told Fox News, and “that they were developing leads and following leads, trying to do everything they could to get him back.” Evan Buetow and Cody Full,...
  • NCIS investigation reportedly shows Bergdahl had 'deliberate plan' ...

    04/07/2015 7:51:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | Qpeil 7, 2015
    A 2009 NCIS investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s activities while in Afghanistan reveal that there is clear evidence Bergdahl was “going over to the other side with a deliberate plan,” Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night. Shaffer, a former military intelligence officer and Fox News contributor, said two senior sources told him that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation included a forensic review of his computer, which show Bergdahl’s apparent intent to travel to Uzbekistan. “He was going to go off to Uzbekistan,” Shaffer told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “He had made contact...
  • Russian tank unit in Donbas defects

    09/01/2014 7:07:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Monday 01 september, 2014, 16:16 | Zik TV
    According to preliminary information, a Russian tank unit deployed in Ukraine has defected and joined the Ukrainian army, ‘Kyivshchyna’ 11th battalion announced on its website in Facebook Sept. 1. Anti-Putin feelings in Russia are on the increase, with one-man protesters carrying slogans appearing on Moscow streets. Under the Russian law, more than one protesters are qualified as organized anti-government activities subject to criminal investigations.
  • Hundreds of Ukraine troops cross into Russia

    08/04/2014 7:22:58 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 51 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 04 Aug 2014
    More than 400 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed the border into Russia and deserted the Kiev government, according to an Interfax news agency report quoting a border security official. Vasily Malayev, head of the Federal Security Service's border patrol in the Rostov region, told Interfax that 438 Ukrainian soldiers had reached Russia on Monday. [...] Late on Monday, Malayev said 180 of the troops had since been returned to Ukraine after consultations with Kiev while the rest were deciding what to do next. Ukraine confirmed the crossing, which happened on Monday, but said the soldiers were forced into Russian territory by...
  • Eritrean players and coach missing in Kenya [Defected / Escaped]

    12/20/2013 5:05:30 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 December 2013
    Nine members of the Eritrea national football team and the coach of the squad have disappeared in Kenya following a regional football tournament. After Eritrea were eliminated from the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, which was won by Kenya last weekend, the 12 men disappeared. Cecafa general secretary Nicholas Musonye told Reuters: "The players and the coach have absconded." It is not the first time players from the national squad have defected abroad. Last December, 17 players and the team doctor claimed asylum in Uganda, 18 months after 13 players from an Eritrean club side sought refuge in Tanzania.