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  • 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.
  • N. Korea: "Jang Sung-taek's Associate Escaped, Carrying Key Documents on Nuke"

    12/10/2013 4:36:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2013/12/10
    /begin my excerpts "Jang Sung-taek's Associate Escaped, Carrying Key Documents on Nuke" 2013.12.10 20:50 A close associate of now-purged Jang Sung-taek escaped to China with key documents on N. Korea's nuclear program recently. It is a possibility that the impending purge of Jang contributed to his defection. SBS(S. Korean TV station,) quoting a source on N. Korea, reported that, in the early part of October, when momentum is building up to purge Jang Sung-taek, his close associate escaped to China, who is a former general at Ruling Party's Administration Department which Jang headed. The source said, "He came out with...
  • Obama Faces Democrat Defections if Website Fixes Fail

    11/30/2013 1:03:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 30 Nov 2013 11:49 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Democratic leaders have given the White House space to work out the problems with the Obamacare website, but if it isn’t right this time around, vulnerable Senate Democrats could distance themselves even more from the law they voted to pass. … Earlier this month, 39 Democrats joined ranks with Republicans to vote for a bill allowing people to remain on their current health insurance plans, and are signaling they’re ready to make a stronger push about the bill should the site still not work correctly after Sunday’s deadline comes and goes, said The National Journal. But with Obama’s poll numbers...
  • Bashar Assad's mother defects

    01/28/2013 9:38:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2013 | Rick Moran
    Al-Arabiya is reporting that Syrian President Bashar Assad's mother has defected. She joined her daughter Bushra in the UAE, who had left the country last fall. President Bashar al-Assad's mother Anisa Makhlouf and other members of his inner circle have fled to the United Arab Emirates as the regime of the embattled president appeared to disintegrate, recent reports confirmed. Anisa has joined her daughter, Bushra, who had previously fled to Dubai, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat quoted Robert Ford, U.S. ambassador to Syria until the break of the relations between the two countries. Anisa, the widow of late president Hafez...
  • N. Korea: Top NK military official appears to be demoted(vice marshall --> 4-star)

    10/10/2012 9:17:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 10-11-2012
    10-11-2012 11:18 Top NK military official appears to be demoted A top North Korean military official appeared in public wearing the insignia of the four-star rank, spurring speculation that he might have been demoted from the vice marshal rank awarded to him only a few months ago. The North's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Wednesday carried a front-page photo showing Hyon Yong-chol, chief of the North Korean military's general staff, wearing a uniform bearing four stars on the epaulets while saluting next to leader Kim Jong-un. They were on a visit to Pyongyang's Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum...
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Cameraman Defects To US

    10/05/2012 3:39:28 AM PDT · by Fennie · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 1, 2012 | By Mark Hughes, New York and Adrian Blomfield
    Hassan Gol Khanban is thought to have planned his defection in advance of his trip to the United States, taking steps to have his family flee Iran in the hope that they too can gain asylum, his lawyer, Paul O'Dwyer, said. Mr Khanban, who is believed to have worked for the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB for several years, had accompanied Mr Ahmadinejad to New York to attend last week's session of the UN General Assembly. Mr O'Dwyer said that his client's wife and two children had left Iran while he was in New York and that efforts were being made...
  • Cuba Vice President Marino Murillo’s daughter defected and is living in Tampa

    08/28/2012 6:03:22 PM PDT · by fso301 · 32 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug, 28, 2012 | Juan O. Tamayo
    The 24-year-old daughter of Cuban Vice President Marino Murillo, sometimes mentioned as a possible successor to ruler Raúl Castro, defected earlier this month and is now living in Tampa, knowledgeable sources said. Glenda Murillo Diaz crossed the Mexico border at Laredo, Texas, around Aug. 16, the sources told El Nuevo Herald, meaning she was paroled under the wet-foot, dry-foot policy, which allows Cubans who set foot on U.S. land to stay.
  • Syria premier defects to opposition

    08/06/2012 9:01:49 AM PDT · by shove_it · 5 replies
    Yahoo/Rooters ^ | 6 Aug 2012 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's prime minister defected to the opposition seeking to overthrow what fleeing premier Riyad Hijab called the "terrorist regime" of President Bashar al-Assad, marking one of the highest profile desertions from Damascus. Hijab, who like much of the opposition comes from Syria's Sunni Muslim majority, is not part of Assad's inner circle, but as the most senior serving civilian official to defect his departure dealt a heavy symbolic blow to an establishment rooted in the president's minority Alawite sect.
  • Disgruntled Kadima-ites Discuss Return to Likud

    08/03/2012 7:49:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Tzachi Hanegbi of Kadima, a former minister, announced several days ago that he plans to return to his first political home – Likud. In an event Thursday night, he started to gather disgruntled Kadima members in an attempt to bring as many party members as possible back to Likud with him. Hanegbi addressed those at the event and explained his disapproval for current Kadima head MK Shaul Mofaz, and his disagreement with Mofaz’s decision to leave the coalition. Mofaz’s hasty exit from the coalition just weeks after joining upset many of his own MKs. He made the decision to leave...
  • Wisconsin Democrat defects, leaving state senate control in doubt

    07/25/2012 7:59:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    After the Democratic Party's failure to recall Wisconsin's Gov. Scott Walker, their consolation prize was control of the state senate, by one vote. Senate control would only have lasted until November, when yet another election (this time a regularly scheduled one) would have thrown 16 seats into question again, but it was a meager something for the millions liberals spent, at least.As of last night, meager something may be nothing. Moderate Democratic Senator Tim Cullen declared Tuesday he will no longer caucus with Democrats, possibly taking the Senate back to dead even again, even as Democrats are moving into new...
  • China says crusading police chief spent day in US consulate amid asylum bid speculation

    02/10/2012 2:27:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 1+ views
    WP ^ | 02/10/12
    China says crusading police chief spent day in US consulate amid asylum bid speculation By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, February 10, 6:36 PM BEIJING — Beijing says a celebrity police chief linked to one of the country’s rising political stars spent a day in a U.S. consulate in southwestern China amid speculation that he sought political asylum. The U.S. State Department confirmed that former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun visited the consulate in the city of Chengdu, but gave no details. The Foreign Ministry spokesman’s office said that Wang entered the consulate on Monday and “remained there for one day.”...
  • Mystery deepens over high-ranking Chinese deputy mayor and his supposed defection to the U.S.

    02/09/2012 6:38:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | 02/09/12 | Michael Martina
    Mystery deepens over high-ranking Chinese deputy mayor and his supposed defection to the U.S. Reuters Feb 9, 2012 – 9:40 AM ET | Last Updated: Feb 9, 2012 9:42 AM ET By Michael Martina The United States said Thursday a former Chinese police chief rumoured to have tried to defect had visited one of its consulates, fuelling a political intrigue analysts say may signal a power struggle in China. The mysterious consular incident in southwest China has cast an unwelcome spotlight on Bo Xilai, a former commerce minister jostling to join the Communist Party’s inner circle, but muted reaction in...
  • China’s ‘Hero Cop’ Vanishes Into ‘Vacation-Style Therapy’(attempted defection to U.S.?)

    02/08/2012 7:41:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    ABC ^ | 02/08/12
    Feb 8, 2012 9:02am China’s ‘Hero Cop’ Vanishes Into ‘Vacation-Style Therapy’ China’s most famous cop has been placed on leave for “vacation-style therapy” after a rumored U.S. asylum bid that had an American consulate surrounded by Chinese police. This morning in China began with chatter that an incident had unfolded overnight outside the U.S. consulate in the western Chinese city of Chengdu. Pictures began to spread across Sina Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, showing Chengdu police blocking off the streets around the consulate. A name, Wang LiJun, began to trend alongside those pictures on the micro-blogging site. By mid-morning, searches...
  • N.Korean Elite Sniper Defects (former naval commando)

    11/17/2011 1:06:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 11/16/11
    N.Korean Elite Sniper Defects An ex-member of an elite North Korean special warfare unit defected across the West Sea on Oct. 30. He crossed the sea on a raft made of tires, it emerged on Tuesday. Under questioning by the National Intelligence Service, the military and police, the man, who is in his early 30s, said he had been discharged from the marine sniper brigade five years ago and then worked as a civilian member in a military unit. He set out in the raft from South Hwanghae Province in the morning of Oct. 29 and rowed while riding the...
  • Even Dogs Are Defecting From North Korea

    11/09/2011 12:39:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/08/11 | Joohee Cho
    By Joohee Cho Nov 8, 2011 9:06am Even Dogs Are Defecting From North Korea More than 21,000 North Koreans have defected to the affluent South Korea since the Korean War. But last week was the first ever of a canine defection. One or two dogs were among 21 boat people seeking refuge, according to Yonhap News Agency citing multiple sources. Government ministries and military refused ABC News’ request to confirm the exact number of dogs, saying the group was “under interrogation.” Many are puzzled why the defectors would have brought along the dogs at the risk of being caught in...
  • Libya: wife of defecting foreign minister captured in firefight(firefight at elite compound)

    04/02/2011 6:06:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/01/11 | Damien McElroy and Robert Winnett
    Libya: wife of defecting foreign minister captured in firefight The wife of the Libyan foreign minister who defected to Britain earlier this week has been seized by Colonel Gaddafi and is being interrogated by his "internal security" officials, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. By Damien McElroy, in Tripoli and Robert Winnett 10:52PM BST 01 Apr 2011 She is thought to have been captured amid eyewitness reports of a fierce gunfight at Col Gaddafi's central Tripoli compound as the regime stepped in to stop further defections. Yesterday, local residents recalled how the most fierce firefight yet seen in central Tripoli had...
  • Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa defects

    03/30/2011 4:07:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 03/30/11 | Andy Bloxham
    Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa defects Moussa Koussa, the Libyan foreign minister, last night defected from Col Muammar Gaddafi's government after flying to Britain, telling officials he was "no longer willing" to serve the regime. By Andy Bloxham, and Damien McElroy 11:11PM BST 30 Mar 2011 Mr Koussa flew from Tunisia, where he had been on a diplomatic mission, and landed at Farnborough airport before being shuttled to London for immediate talks with high-ranking Foreign Office officials. Mr Koussa was one of the leading figures in Col Gaddafi's government and one of the architects of Libya's recent rehabilitation in the...
  • Libya's Foreign Minister Has Defected, Britain Says [Updated at post #11]

    03/30/2011 2:30:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2011
    Banner only at Fox News: Libya's Foreign Minister Has Defected, Britain Says
  • N.Korean Soldiers' Wives Flee Hardship at Home

    03/04/2011 6:11:48 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/04/11
    N.Korean Soldiers' Wives Flee Hardship at Home Increasing numbers of wives of North Korean soldiers are fleeing the Stalinist country despite its "songun" or military-first doctrine, Open Radio for North Korea said Thursday. Quoting a source in Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province, the Seoul-based shortwave station said the wives of active-duty servicemen "are bravely deciding to flee the North, leaving their husbands behind, because they find it impossible to eke out a living there." The source claimed a broker of his acquaintance helped four women who are married to soldiers flee the North in February alone. "They suffered even more severe...
  • N.Korean Dollar Earners 'Absconding'(NK's bagmen run off with cash)

    12/16/2010 11:55:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/17/10
    N.Korean Dollar Earners 'Absconding' An increasing number of North Korean officials engaged in earning hard currency abroad have absconded with the dollars following financial sanctions against the North, observers say. "The North is suffering difficulties settling its overseas bank accounts as the financial sanctions continue," a senior South Korean government source said Thursday. "Many North Korean officials carry dollars in bags as stopgap solutions, but some of the dollars vanish in the process." Many North Korean officials abroad carry dollars in cash to strike deals, because it is difficult for them to settle bills the normal way. They earn the...
  • N. Korean missing in Nepal has defected to India

    12/13/2010 9:26:11 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 17 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | Dec 14, 2010
    SEOUL: A North Korean who went missing in Nepal was a restaurant manager who defected and is now living in India, a South Korean newspaper reported Tuesday. A local media report in the Himalayan country had said last week the man, surnamed Yang, may have been an intelligence official. The South's Chosun Ilbo newspaper said he was in fact the manager of the local franchise of an overseas restaurant chain, operated by the North's regime and known as Pyongyang Okryugwan.
  • Two S. Koreans detained in Nepal over case of missing N. Korean(NK intel official defected?)

    12/10/2010 5:38:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 12/10/10
    Two S. Koreans detained in Nepal over case of missing N. Korean SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- Nepalese authorities have detained two South Koreans on suspicion of involvement in the case of a missing North Korean, a foreign ministry official said Friday. "We cannot confirm the identities of the detainees or the details of the incident due to concerns about their safety and the safety of their families," the official said on customary condition of anonymity. "The government, through the South Korean embassy in Kathmandu, is contacting relevant Nepalese authorities and requesting consular interviews," the official added. Japan's Kyodo News,...
  • CHINA: Rumors Spread That their Central Bank Head Has Defected

    08/30/2010 9:09:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/30/2010 | Sourced from STRATFOR
    Rumors have circulated in China that People’s Bank of China (PBC) Gov. Zhou Xiaochuan may have left the country. The rumors appear to have started following reports on Aug. 28 which cited Ming Pao, a Hong Kong-based news agency, saying that because of an approximately $430 billion loss on U.S. Treasury bonds, the Chinese government may punish some individuals within the PBC, including Zhou. Although Ming Pao on Aug. 30 published a report on its website indicating that the prior report was fabricated by a mainland news site that had attributed the false information to Ming Pao, rumors of Zhou’s...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean helicopter crashes in China, killing pilot: source(actually MIG-21)

    08/17/2010 10:56:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 70 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/18/10
    (LEAD) N. Korean helicopter crashes in China, killing pilot: source SHENYANG, China, Aug. 18 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean helicopter crashed in a Chinese border area, killing the pilot aboard who may have attempted to defect to Russia, intelligence sources here said Wednesday. The crash took place in Fushun Prefecture in the province of Liaoning Tuesday afternoon, the sources said, adding the pilot was the only person in the chopper when it crashed. "The pilot died on the spot," one source said, adding the Chinese authorities were able to identify the nationality of the helicopter only after the crash. Chinese...
  • More N. Korean soldiers had crossed border to capture defector: Seoul official

    03/03/2010 5:19:18 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 424+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 03/04/10
    More N. Korean soldiers had crossed border to capture defector: Seoul official SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) -- Two or three North Korean soldiers had crossed the border with the South to capture a defecting compatriot, but returned to their territory after warning shots were fired by South Korean troops, a military official here said Thursday. The North Korean soldier defected to the South by crossing the eastern front line late Tuesday, expressing his wish to live in the South. The South Korean government has yet to reveal the soldier's identity and is investigating the specific route and motives behind his...
  • (Turncoat Charles Johnson - Little Green Footballs) Right-Wing Flame War!

    01/23/2010 1:25:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 2,088+ views
    NYT ^ | Janury 21, 2010 | Jonathan Dee
    Right-Wing Flame War! By JONATHAN DEE Published: January 21, 2010 Charles Johnson has been writing a blog for almost as long as the word “blog” has existed. A bearish, gentle-voiced, ponytailed man who for three decades enjoyed a successful career as a jazz guitarist accompanying the likes of Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke, Johnson has always had a geek’s penchant for self-education, and in that spirit he cultivated a side interest, and ultimately an expertise, in writing computer code. His Web log, which he named “Little Green Footballs” (a private joke whose derivation he has always refused to divulge), was...
  • A Major Defection In The Conservative Blogosphere

    12/07/2009 2:17:58 PM PST · by steve-b · 136 replies · 4,113+ views
    Salon ^ | 2/4/09 | Alex Koppelman
    For much of this decade, Charles Johnson was one of the right's leading bloggers. His blog, Little Green Footballs, was famous for its focus on Islamic terrorism, but also for the role it played in "Rathergate" and in exposing various faked photography.... On Monday, Johnson made the split official, with a post headlined, "Why I Parted Ways With The Right." In it, he gave a list of reasons for the break... Johnson concluded the post saying, "The American right wing has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff. I won't be going over the cliff with...
  • (LEAD) 11 N. Koreans defect to S. Korea through East Sea

    10/01/2009 4:48:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 323+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 10/01/09
    (LEAD) 11 N. Koreans defect to S. Korea through East Sea SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Yonhap)-- Eleven North Korean defected to South Korea through waters off the South's east coast on Thursday, a government source said. The source said the 11 North Koreans -- five men and six women -- expressed their willingness to seek asylum in the South after crossing the sea border in a ship around 6:30 p.m. and arriving in the South Korean port city of Jumunjin on the east coast. The Ministry of Defense is expected to announce details on their defection soon, according to the source.
  • N. Korea's Kim Jong-nam May Defect to China [Japanese Newspaper]

    06/04/2009 7:35:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,560+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/05/09 | Choi Irak
    /begin my summary N. Korea's Kim Jong-nam May Defect to China [Japanese Newspaper] (Tokyo = Yonhap News) Choi Irak = Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-il's eldest son, is currently staying in Macau, and could defect to China, Sankei Shimbun in Japan reported on June 5, quoting intelligence sources. According to the paper, the purge of Kim Jong-nam's associates has started as a part of rapidly laying the foundation for Kim Jong-un as the successor. N. Korea's State Security Department detained several associates of Kim Jong-nam around 8pm on Apr. 3 in Pyongyang. Upon hearing the news, Kim Jong-nam investigated on the...
  • GOP senator blames McConnell for Specter defection (Sen. Jim Bunning at odds with Senate GoP leader)

    05/05/2009 9:11:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 842+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/5/09 | Roger Alford - ap
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's embattled junior senator is blaming GOP leader Mitch McConnell for losing Arlen Specter to the Democrats and costing the party Senate seats. Sen. Jim Bunning has been at odds lately with McConnell, Kentucky's senior senator. McConnell hasn't publicly asked Bunning to retire but hasn't endorsed him for re-election next year. Bunning says he's still in the race but Republican leaders have been sending not-so-subtle messages that he should retire rather than face a strong Democratic challenge.
  • Kerry Fawns Over Specter Defection, Bashed Lieberman

    04/29/2009 12:14:04 AM PDT · by DakotaRed · 4 replies · 564+ views
    Right In A Left World ^ | April 29, 2009 | Lew Waters
    As can be expected, John ‘F’in Kerry (who I’ve heard served in Viet Nam) is still trying to appear presidential and act as if the world revolves around his treasonous butt. It took but a few short hours for the Senator to issue a welcome statement to former RINO, Arlen Specter as he returned home to the Democrat Party, where he has belonged for some time now. Kerry’s statement said, “This is a big moment. When Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party, he was the canary in the coal mine warning of Bush era ideological excess, and Senator Specter’s decision...
  • Family of N. Korean trade representative in Shanghai defects to South

    04/01/2009 10:23:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 429+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/02/09
    Family of N. Korean trade representative in Shanghai defects to South SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- The wife and children of a North Korean trade representative in Shanghai have recently defected to South Korea and are being questioned by Seoul intelligence officials, a local report said Thursday. The Kyunghyang Shinmun cited an unidentified official of the ruling Grand National Party who said the wife, identified only by her family name Ri, defected with her son and daughter through a South Korean embassy in Singapore and arrived in Seoul about a month ago. A spokesman for South Korea's National Intelligence Service...
  • N. Koreans Going South by Boat: 6 times in this Month alone

    06/25/2008 7:00:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 224+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/26/08 | Kim Kwi-geun
    /begin my translation N. Koreans Going South by Boat: 6 times in this Month alone Only one out of ten wanting to return..."N. Korea beefing up shore surveillance" (Seoul=Yonhap News) Kim Kwi-geun = N. Koreans came down to the South by boat, 6 times in June alone, it has been disclosed. A government source said on June 26, "N. Korean people came into our territorial water 6 times in this month alone, both in West Sea(Yellow Sea) and East Sea(Sea of Japan.) This is highly unusual, and we are closely monitoring N. Korean reactions." He said, "In four of those...
  • Myanmar military officer defects to Thailand(cannot fire at monks)

    10/04/2007 5:36:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 379+ views
    Myanmar military officer defects to Thailand Agence France-Presse BANGKOK (AFP) - A Myanmar military officer has fled to Thailand to seek asylum, apparently because he refused orders to attack Buddhist monks in anti-junta protests, a senior Thai intelligence official said Wednesday. Major Hla Win entered Thailand with help from a non-government organization, and he hopes to apply for asylum in Norway, the official told AFP. "He is not a senior general, but is mid-ranking," the official said. Hla Win's defection is the first known case of a military official fleeing the country since the junta last week ordered a crackdown...
  • Republican state senator becomes independent, shifts power (Tennesssee BARF ALERT)

    03/15/2007 11:21:59 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 17 replies · 952+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 15 March 2007 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE -- The Republican majority in the Tennessee Senate was short-lived: Sen. Mike Williams of Maynardville declared an independent today and no longer a member of the Republican Caucus. Williams blamed dissatisfaction over the arrival of what he called "Washington-style partisanship and gridlock" -- which he said he wants no part of -- for the switch. His move left the makeup of the state Senate at 16 Republicans, 16 Democrats and one independent. That won't have an immediate impact on the organization of the Senate -- Republican Ron Ramsey was elected to a two-year term as the Senate speaker in...
  • North Korean diplomats' children ordered to return from abroad: report

    03/05/2007 7:29:45 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 23 replies · 1,081+ views
    Excerpt - (Kyodo) _ North Korea's ruling party has ordered children of North Korean diplomats and other representatives stationed overseas to return home, for reasons unknown, a South Korean daily reported Tuesday. "The Workers' Party of Korea recently issued a directive to overseas missions that children of diplomats and representatives send their children home," the Joongang Ilbo newspaper quoted a source well-versed in North Korean affairs as saying in Seoul. The reason remains unclear, but another Seoul-based expert on North Korea was quoted as saying it may be related to preventing defection of diplomats. ~ snip ~
  • Libertarian GOP defection?

    12/12/2006 7:37:39 AM PST · by Small-L · 225 replies · 2,769+ views ^ | Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | Bruce Bartlett
    For many years, those who consider themselves to be libertarians have been fairly reliable members of the Republican coalition. Although no libertarian would consider himself or herself to be entirely in agreement with either major party, they have historically sided with the GOP. But the relationship today seems more deeply strained than any time in the last 30 years, and a divorce may be forthcoming. Basically, libertarians are allied with the right on economic issues and the left on everything else. They believe in the free market and freedom of choice in areas such as drugs, and favor a noninterventionist...
  • N. Korea: Taiwan Defense Ministry, "We don't want N. Korean missiles"(N. Kor-Taiwan connection)

    07/19/2005 9:59:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 474+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/19/05 | Pil Soo-yon
    /begin my translationTaiwan Defense Ministry, "We don't want N. Korean missiles"(Taipei, Yonhap News) correspondent Pil Soo-yon -- Taiwan's Defense Ministry, in response to an allegation that N. Korea attempted to sell its missiles to Taiwan, commented, "It is absurd to say that we would buy from N. Korea, already designated as a dangerous country, what we can already produce. We don't want N. Korean missiles." According to July 19th reports from Taiwanese media, all pertinent government institutions, Taiwan's Defense Ministry, State Security Bureau, and Foreign Ministry , responded, "We know nothing (on the matter,)" when asked about the latest report from Wolgan Chosun (note: from its August issue....
  • 3 N. Koreans defected at Baek-ryong island (a leak N. Korea may not plug?)

    06/26/2005 6:56:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 453+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/26/05
    /begin my summary3 N. Koreans, presumed to be a family, defected at Baek-ryong island[Yonhap News, 2005/06/26] Around 9:55 am on June 26, 2.9 miles away to the North East of Baek-ryong Island, a N. Korean barge indicated the willingness to defect. It was towed to Yong-ki-po Harbor at Baek-ryong Island at 11:40 am, according to the (S. Korean) Joint Chief of Staffs. Inside the boat were Mr. Hong(male, age:42), Mr. Moon(female, age:39), a 15-year-old boy. They are presumed to be a family. They reportedly left Yong-hyun, Ku-mi-po District, N. Korea.around 5:30 am, June 25. The barge is an 1.7-ton boat...
  • Three North Koreans Flee to South(unmolested 4-day wandering at the frontline area)

    06/17/2005 10:57:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 446+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/17/05
    Three North Koreans Flee to South Three apparent defectors from North Korea were found on Friday morning, two in the West Sea and one in Gangwon Province, a day after a show of inter-Korean unity marking the fifth anniversary of the June 15 Joint Declaration came to an end in Pyongyang. Police and military officials are investigating how the three crossed the DMZ and whether they intended to defect. Soldiers on Friday patrol the village of Daema in Choelwon County, Gangwon Province where a North Korean defector was discovered earlier that day. Early on Friday morning, a 65-year-old Cheolwon...