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  • Iraq leaders attend funeral of invasion backer Chalabi

    11/04/2015 8:28:45 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | Nov. 04, 2015 | 03:29 PM
    BAGHDAD: Top Iraqi officials attended a funeral Wednesday for politician Ahmed Chalabi, a controversial champion of the U.S.-led invasion of his country. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, President Fuad Masum, parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi and other officials were among the large crowd of mourners at the ceremony held in Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone, where the government is headquartered. Chalabi, the head of parliament's finance committee, died of a heart attack aged 71 the day before. Living in exile as head of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), which opposed Saddam Hussein, Chalabi became a White House favorite for information he provided which...
  • Chinese spies in U.S. hunting for man who could be the 'most significant defector in decades' ...

    08/17/2015 3:28:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 August 2015
    Chinese spies in U.S. hunting for man who could be the 'most significant defector in decades' are warned off by White House US warned Beijing about covert Chinese agents operating in America to pressure fugitives such as defector Ling Wancheng to return to China Operation Fox Hunt part of large effort by Beijing to repatriate fugitives China’s former president, Hu Jintao, employed Ling’s brother as an aide Brother in July accused of bribe-taking and illegally obtaining state secrets Ling may have got sensitive information about Chinese leaders from him Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to...
  • Communist Defector Says KGB Created "Liberation Theology"

    05/10/2015 12:25:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    New American ^ | 5/8/15 | Jack Kenny
    A high-ranking communist official who defected to the United States in the 1970s now says the Soviet KGB was behind the tidal wave of “liberation theology” that swept through Catholic countries in Latin America before the opposition of Pope John Paul II effectively ended the movement. Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former three-star general in Romania's Securitate, or secret police, said he first learned of liberation theology during meetings with Nikita Khrushchev and General Aleksandr Sakharovsky, then chief director of the KGB, when Sakharovsky accompanied the Soviet premier on a six-day visit to Romania in October of 1959. “Khrushchev wanted to...
  • Iranian Defector: 'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf'

    03/28/2015 3:22:51 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5:01 PM, Mar 28, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations. “The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United States, United Kingdom, Russia,...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man

    11/20/2014 5:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Bowe Bergdahl thanks Obama for 'saving his life'; still won't speak to parents

    07/17/2014 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Syracuse News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ben Axelson
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finally broken his silence, using his first statement since being released from the Taliban to thank President Barack Obama for his support. "Sergeant Bergdahl is deeply grateful to President Obama for saving his life," said Bergdahl's new attorney Eugene Fidell. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Fidell said the former prisoner of war had authorized him to make that statement on his behalf. The exchange of Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners in U.S. custody has been controversial in part because several members of the Bergdahl's former unit have called him a deserter. They say he...
  • On NOW (FNC): Megyn Kelly talks to 6 members of Bergdahl's platoon

    06/05/2014 6:06:58 PM PDT · by KJC1 · 88 replies
    On Megyn Kelly's show (Fox News Channel), she will be showing a panel of 6 of Bergdahl's platoon members shortly. No link/live show
  • Report: Abdullah Bowe Bergdahl Declared Jihad in 2012 – Also Declared Himself A “Mujahid”

    06/05/2014 4:43:40 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6/5/2014 | sundance
    James Rosen via FOX News - U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News. The reports indicate that Bergdahl’s relations with his Haqqani captors morphed over time, from periods of hostility, where he was treated very much like a hostage, to periods where, as one source told Fox News, “he became much more of an accepted fellow” than is popularly understood. He...
  • Obama Official: Bergdahl Worthy of Sympathy if Joined Taliban to Protest Platoon Leaders

    06/04/2014 9:29:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 258 replies
    Thursday, June 5, 2014 | Kristinn
    An Obama administration official has floated the idea that Bowe Bergdahl was justified in deserting his platoon in Afghanistan and joining the Taliban over disagreements with the platoon's leadership. Brandon Friedman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the Department of Housing and Urban Development posted a series of tweets Wednesday evening in which he speculated that Bergdahl deserted over bad leadership of his platoon and that is why his fellow soldiers were smearing him."Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership? (1/5)"" What if he grew...
  • The Bergdahl swap: a full-blown Obama scandal in less than 48 hours

    06/03/2014 7:45:04 AM PDT · by don-o · 156 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 3, 2014 | John Hayward
    As one of the characters in “Anchorman” observed of its bloody brawl between news teams: Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast. Two days after President Obama broke the law to arrange an insanely reckless swap of five incredibly dangerous Taliban terrorists for captive American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, virtually every aspect of the deal has blown up in Obama’s face, and the whole thing has soured into another five-star scandal for an Administration riddled with them. Maybe it’s the accumulated weight of Obama fatigue, or the sheer stupidity and arrogance the President displayed in...
  • 11 Shocking Revelations From Highest Ranking Soviet Defector – KGB Attacking US

    02/11/2014 7:00:11 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    GOP the Daily Dose.com ^ | 2/11/2014 | Rick Wells
    Yesterday “TheBlaze” published an interview with Romanian Lt. Gen Ion Pacepa, a discussion which arose around the publishing of his work, “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism.” Pacepa is a defector to the United States, but not just any run-of-the-mill defector. He is the highest-ranking Soviet intelligence officer to ever defect. He crossed over back in 1978 and was given political asylum by then President Jimmy Carter. He has made a practice since that time to write in defense of freedom while living his life under threat of assassination, hiding out...
  • Ali Zeidan, ex-Kadhafi opponent, elected Libya PM

    10/14/2012 3:58:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Libya's General National Congress (GNC) elected Ali Zeidan, a long-time opponent of deposed dictator Moamer Kadhafi, as prime minister on Sunday, the assembly's chief said. "Ali Zeidan is elected prime minister and is asked to propose a cabinet within two weeks," Mohammed Megaryef, president of the national assembly, said in remarks broadcast on television. Benefitting from the backing of the liberal coalition in the 200-seat assembly, Zeidan won 93 of the votes cast, trumping the 85 garnered by the only other candidate, local government minister Mohammed al-Hrari. The GNC must approve the government team proposed by Zeidan in order for...
  • Hezbollah’s CFO Defects to Israel With Millions in Stolen Funds

    10/13/2012 9:14:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 13, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Hezbollah’s CFO defected to Israel today with millions in stolen money from Iran. The 29 year-old Hussein Fahs also took with him classified documents and maps. Al-Arabiya reported: Hezbollah’s CFO has fled to Israel taking with him large sum of stolen money, classified documents and maps, local news media reported on Friday. The news website, Now Lebanon, cited Hezbollah officials saying that the 29-year old telecommunication engineer, Hussein Fahs, has crossed to Israel carrying with him $5 million in embezzled money from the group. Fahs is also head of Hezbollah’s operational communications network. In September, Fahs, who is native of...
  • Top Soviet-bloc defector: Marxism infecting U.S.

    06/27/2012 6:55:01 AM PDT · by khelus · 45 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 27, 2012 | Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa
    Yes, we won the Cold War, but unlike other wars the Cold War did not end with an act of surrender and with the defeated enemy throwing down his weapons. But no, we are not fighting Marxism in our country, because the American people have not yet been warned that their country is being contaminated by Marxism. ...
  • Joyful toasts and bitter memories: North Korean defectors grapple with death of Kim Jong Il

    12/25/2011 11:52:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WP ^ | 12/25/11
    Joyful toasts and bitter memories: North Korean defectors grapple with death of Kim Jong Il By Associated Press, Published: December 25 SEOUL, South Korea — More than 21,000 North Koreans now live in South Korea. For many, the news of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s death stirred mixed emotions. Several interviewed in Seoul by The Associated Press described a burst of joy upon hearing that Kim had died, but also a surge of unease over the fate of relatives and friends and even a shadow of homesickness. There was celebration — one man had drinks with a friend— and...
  • 22 N.Koreans Brave Perilous West Sea Escape Route

    11/07/2011 3:24:36 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 11/07/11
    22 N.Koreans Brave Perilous West Sea Escape Route A five-ton wooden boat carrying 22 North Korean defectors was spotted by a South Korean Navy ship around 3 a.m. on Oct. 30 some 38 km south of the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border, and 41 km west of Daecheong Island. The 12 male and 10 female defectors included eight children, including three under 10, according to a South Korean security official. A South Korean government official said all of them want to defect to the South. This was the fourth time North Koreans took the perilous route across...
  • North Korean artist in Egypt defects to S. Korea

    10/17/2011 6:20:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 10/17/11
    North Korean artist in Egypt defects to S. Korea 2011-10-17 21:07 A North Korean artist formerly residing in Egypt has arrived in South Korea in a rare defection through the South Korean embassy in the Middle East country, a diplomatic source said Monday. The North Korean did not return to Pyongyang after his term in Egypt expired and sought refuge in the embassy about two months ago, the source said. The source did not give further details and asked not to be identified, citing the issue's sensitivity. The defection comes months after popular uprisings in Egypt and across the Arab...
  • Elite N. Korean defector joins S. Korea's spy agency

    10/17/2011 6:05:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 10/18/11
    Elite N. Korean defector joins S. Korea's spy agency SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) -- A former regional head of a key North Korean youth organization was recently named a research fellow of an institute run by South Korea's spy agency, a source said Tuesday. Sol Jong-sik represented Ryanggang Province for the League of Kim Il-sung Socialist Working Youth before defecting to South Korea in 2009. The League, named after the late founder of the communist country, is a major social unit that mobilizes young North Koreans, including teenagers, and publishes a propaganda newspaper for them. The 41-year-old was named as...
  • N.Korean Defectors Strain Seoul-Beijing Relations

    10/12/2011 2:34:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/12/11
    N.Korean Defectors Strain Seoul-Beijing Relations Relations between South Korea and China are strained after Beijing on Tuesday said it is sending 20 North Korean defectors back to their country after arresting them late last month, despite urgent requests from South Korea not to send them to almost certain internment in a gulag, torture or death in the North. But the South Korean government is under internal pressure for failing to do its Constitutional duty to protect them. Under the Constitution, all North Koreans are automatically South Korean citizens. Chinese authorities recently cracked down on North Korean defectors in its three...
  • N. Korea: Poison-Needle Assassination Plot Busted in South Korea

    09/16/2011 4:47:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    ABC ^ | 09/16/11
    Sep 16, 2011 8:45am Poison-Needle Assassination Plot Busted in South Korea It could be a plot out of an action thriller. South Korean officials have arrested a North Korean defector in an alleged poison-needle plot targeting a high-profile anti-Pyongyang activist. The suspect, only identified by the police as Ahn, is said to be a former commando in his 40s who defected to South Korea in the late 1990s. The target was activist Park Sang-hak. A North Korean defector himself, Park leads a group called Fighters for Free North Korea that routinely flies balloons over the two countries’ border with leaflets...
  • Son of Hamas "Defector" a Fraud?

    05/05/2011 6:38:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 5/5/11 | Pamela Geller
    Mosab, "son of Hamas," has been exposed as a fraud by counter jihad fighter Walid Shoebat. many of us, myself included, blogged about the phenom Mosab. Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of a jailed Hamas terrorist leader and MP, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, the most popular figure in that extremist Islamic organization. Mosab, as a young man, assisted his father for years in his political activities. He converted to Christianity and operated undercover in the service of Israel's intelligence agency for a decade. Yousef reveals this information in an upcoming book, Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal,...
  • Video: Syrian Soldier’s Testimony on Shooting of Civilians

    05/03/2011 4:01:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/5/11 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    A video from Syria shows the testimony of a soldier who said Assad’s forces shot at him when he defected after refusing to kill unarmed civilians in the Damascus area. Meanwhile, Syrian secret police and soldiers have arrested 1,000 people in the past two days and have surrounded the city of Banyas.
  • Iraqi Defector Admits He Lied About WMD in Lead Up to War

    02/16/2011 7:12:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/16/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    His name is Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi but he was given the codename “Curveball” prior to the Iraq War. He played a significant role in convincing US authorities, including Colin Powell, that Saddam had biological weapons capabilities. Of course we’ve known since 2005 that claim wasn’t true, but now Curveball is admitting he made up claims of mobile weapons labs in order to get the US to topple Saddam. The Guardian has produced an exclusive video, here is a bit of the English transcript: I did that for a number of reasons. Firstly because of my people, the Iraq people…Saddam...
  • NK Defector to Head to S.Korea (intepreter at NK's General Staff, first escaped to Russia)

    12/14/2010 3:39:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    KBS ^ | 12/14/10
    NK Defector to Head to S.Korea Write 2010-12-14 17:57:11 Update 2010-12-14 18:38:32 Japan’s Kyodo News says a North Korean defector will come to South Korea. Quoting a U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees official, Kyodo News said that an interpreter for the North Korean military secretly entered eastern Russia in September. It said the Russian government turned down his request for asylum and that South Korea will accept him. The North Korean defector testified that he was an interpreter for Russian relations for high-ranking North Korean military officials. He reportedly said he defected due to difficulties under the Kim Jong-il regime.
  • Top Russian spy defects after betraying U.S. ring

    11/11/2010 6:33:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 11, 2010 | Thomas Grove
    Top Russian spy defects after betraying U.S. ring By Thomas Grove Thomas Grove 21 mins ago MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia's deep cover U.S. spying operations has betrayed the network and defected, a Russian paper said on Thursday, potentially giving the West one of its biggest intelligence coups since the end of the Cold War. The newspaper, Kommersant, named the man as Colonel Shcherbakov, and said he was responsible for unmasking a Russian spy ring in the United States in June whose arrests humiliated Moscow and clouded a "reset" in ties with Washington. The betrayal would make Shcherbakov...
  • Former North Korean Soldiers Vow to Overthrow Kim Family Rule

    09/09/2010 6:29:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 3+ views
    VOA News ^ | 09/09/10 | Steve Herman
    Former North Korean Soldiers Vow to Overthrow Kim Family Rule Steve Herman | Seoul 09 September 2010 A new organization in South Korea, claiming it includes more than 100 former North Korean military members, vows to end Pyongyang's government and unify the Korean peninsula. The North Korea Peoples Liberation Front also says it has support from current members of the communist state's military, but political analysts are skeptical. Exit 3 of Seoul's Singil subway station seems an unlikely place to begin a revolution. But 75 people who say they are former North Korean soldiers and other defectors gathered there to...
  • More Middle-Class N.Koreans Defect(unpublicized escape of elites)

    08/06/2010 6:46:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/07/10
    More Middle-Class N.Koreans Defect There appears to have been a shift in the profile of defectors fleeing North Korea since a botched currency reform late last year. Before the reform, most of the defectors were so poor that they did not care whether they would be killed if they were caught fleeing the North. But since the currency reform, more middle-class North Koreans have been fleeing the North, a South Korean security official speculated. A North Korean source on Tuesday said the currency reform alienated many people from the regime, and the spread of South Korean pop culture through videos...
  • Defector do-over? Iran scientist wants to go home

    07/13/2010 3:31:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    WASHINGTON -An Iranian scientist sought refuge in the Pakistani Embassy compound and asked to go home, an apparent defection gone wrong that could embarrass the U.S. and its efforts to gather intelligence on Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program. Iran — and at one point, scientist Shahram Amiri — claimed the CIA had kidnapped him; the U.S. said Tuesday that nothing of the sort happened. Amiri disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009, surfacing in videos but otherwise out of sight until the latest bizarre twist in the case. "Mr. Amiri has been in the United States...
  • Ted Kennedy's KGB Correspondence (Aiding the enemy as the enemy)

    06/22/2010 8:46:33 PM PDT · by This Just In · 47 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 22, 2010 | Kevin Mooney
    Ted Kennedy's KGB Correspondence By Kevin Mooney on 6.22.10 @ 6:08AM Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's self-serving, secret correspondence with Soviet agents during the height of the Cold War included proposals for collaborative efforts designed to undermine official U.S. policy set by Democratic and Republican administrations, KGB documents show. With the media now reporting on the late senator's just released Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) file, now is an opportune time for a more expansive investigation into Kennedy's KGB contacts. The agency took a keen interest in a 1961 "fact-finding" trip the Massachusetts Democrat took to Mexico and other parts of...
  • S. Korea: Defector Celebrates 6 Years of Free North Korea Radio

    05/13/2010 5:07:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 104+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/12/10
    Defector Celebrates 6 Years of Free North Korea Radio Free North Korea Radio in Seoul on April 20 celebrated its sixth anniversary in an event that brought together the leaders of some of about 30 defector organizations in South Korea for the first time. Kim Sung-min (49), the president of Free North Korea Radio, said, "For the past six years, we've been working toward the day when we return to Pyongyang" after the nation is reunified. Kim Sung-min Kim Sung-min Kim majored in poetry at college. After graduation, he worked as a writer in the Army. He came to South...
  • Looking for short (10-15 minutes)video of North Korean defector Shin Dong-Hyuk

    04/23/2010 9:10:44 AM PDT · by IYAS9YAS · 2 replies · 133+ views
    Self | 04/23/2010 | IYAS9YAS
    Folks, several weeks to a couple of months ago, someone here on FR posted a link (within a thread) to a short video of North Korean defector Shin Dong-Hyuk. Mr. Shin grew up in a North Korean concentration camp - his parents were prisoners and he was born into the camp.I'm trying to locate that link to the video, but cannot seem to find the thread it was on. All of the other videos I can find of him on-line are too long to use for what I need (presentation). Any help on finding that thread and link is greatly...
  • Would-Be Assassins' Route (South Korea) (Map Included) Released

    04/20/2010 5:06:51 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 41 replies · 2,279+ views
    Chosun Ilbo (original in Korean) ^ | 21 April 2010 | Chosun Ilbo daily news
    In connection with the breaking news out of South Korea, here is a Korean language map from South Korean daily conservative newspaper Chosun Ilbo, showing the land and air routes the potential assassins (two males; highly trained) took from North Korea under orders from North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, until they were arrested in the South. Will post other breaking news as it comes in. No photographs have emerged yet of the two arrested and or whether weaponry was found on their persons.
  • North Korean who shopped for dictators goes public(faked his death; in hiding for 15yrs)

    03/04/2010 6:03:29 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 791+ views
    AP ^ | 03/05/10 | VERONIKA OLEKSYN
    North Korean who shopped for dictators goes public By VERONIKA OLEKSYN, Associated Press Writer 14 mins ago VIENNA – A North Korean colonel who spent two decades going on European shopping sprees for his country's rulers said Thursday the late dictator Kim Il Sung lived in luxury while many people struggled to survive in his impoverished communist nation. Kim Jong Ryul, who spent 16 years under cover in Austria, also described how the "great leader" and his son and successor Kim Jong Il spent millions pampering and protecting themselves with Western goods — everything from luxury cars, carpets and exotic...
  • N.Korean executed for calling S.Korea: report(via cellphone)

    03/04/2010 2:10:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 517+ views
    AFP ^ | 03/04/10
    N.Korean executed for calling S.Korea: report SEOUL (AFP) – A North Korean has been publicly executed for using a mobile phone to tell a defector friend in South Korea about living conditions in the communist state, a rights group said Thursday. The man identified only as Jung was executed in late January after security officials discovered a Chinese mobile phone in his home, said the Seoul-based Open Radio for North Korea. It said Jung, a munitions worker in the northeastern port of Hamhung, confessed under torture that he had mentioned rice prices and living conditions.
  • Nimble Agencies Sneak News Out of North Korea

    02/01/2010 6:43:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 328+ views
    NYT ^ | 01/25/10 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    January 25, 2010 Nimble Agencies Sneak News Out of North Korea By CHOE SANG-HUN SEOUL — For a journalist who helped break one of the biggest stories out of North Korea in the past year, Mun Seong-hwi keeps an extremely low profile. The name he offers is an alias. He does not reveal what he did in North Korea before his defection in 2006, aside from mention of a “desk job,” in order to protect relatives left behind. He also maintains a wall of secrecy around his three “underground stringers” in North Korea, who he says do not know he...
  • U.S. envoy calls N. Korean human rights conditions 'appalling'(open US embassies to NK defectors?)

    01/11/2010 9:07:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 325+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 01/11/10
    2010/01/11 12:04 KST U.S. envoy calls N. Korean human rights conditions 'appalling' SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- U.S. embassies abroad have been instructed to provide easy access to all North Korean defectors seeking asylum in the United States or elsewhere, the special U.S. envoy on North Korean human rights said Monday. Robert King, who succeeded the United States' first-ever representative on North Korean human rights six weeks ago, said the situation in North Korea was "appalling," calling the communist North one of the worst violators of human rights. "It is one of the worst places in terms of lack of...
  • US House hopeful: Defector endorses in Ohio race

    01/04/2010 1:54:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 453+ views
    Daytona Daily News ^ | 1/4/10 | JULIE CARR SMYTH, The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A U.S. House hopeful says a former top Romanian spy who defected to the United States in the1970s has endorsed him in a closely watched northeast Ohio race. The campaign of Paul Schiffer said Monday that Ion Pacepa (YON' puh-CHEP'-uh) is backing the Republican in this year's election because he believes Democrats are turning America into a socialist dictatorship like the one he escaped.
  • Picketing N. Korean Defector Bumping Face-to-Face into N. Korean Ambassador (photos)

    10/31/2009 2:25:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 858+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/31/09
    /begin my excerpts Picketing N. Korean Defector Bumping Face-to-Face into N. Korean Ambassador Ma Young-ae, N. Korean defector and artist, now residing in U.S. and heading (Christian) N. Korean Refugee Mission, was picketing with Choi Eun-chol, the (mission's) administrative manager, in front of N. Korea's Mission at U.N.. They were urging the International Criminal Court to indict Kim Jong-il, when they met face-to-face with (N. Korean) Ambassador (to U.N.) Shin Sun-ho. When she confronted him, he and his assistant gave her a brief look and headed for U.N. Headquarter. She followed them, with a new sign board saying, "Kim Jong-il,...
  • North Korean Defectors Puzzled, Moved by Roh Funeral

    05/30/2009 12:10:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 1,102+ views
    VOA News ^ | 05/29/09 | Kurt Achin
    North Korean Defectors Puzzled, Moved by Roh Funeral By Kurt Achin Seoul 29 May 2009 South Korea's emotional farewell to former President Roh Moo-hyun brought much of the country together - including Koreans who were not born in the South. For North Koreans who have defected to South Korea, the outpouring of public emotion brought back memories of an earlier life - and reminders of how different their new life is. North Koreans who have begun a new life in the South were alongside their fellow Koreans in Friday's tearful mass gathering in Seoul. About 15,000 North Koreans now live...
  • N.Korea's Kim too selfish to start war -defectors

    05/28/2009 5:48:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 671+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/28/09 | Jack Kim
    N.Korea's Kim too selfish to start war -defectors Thu May 28, 2009 2:20am EDT (For full coverage of the North Korean crisis, click [nN25330519]) By Jack Kim ANSEONG, South Korea, May 28 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is likely basking in the patriotic fervour whipped up by his nuclear test but is too worried about his own well-being to start a war, North Korean defectors said on Thursday. Poverty, famine and political oppression have driven tens of thousands of North Koreans over the border to seek a better life. "Why did they have to do it again? If...
  • North Korean Painter Brushes Away Taboos About Kim Jong Il

    04/19/2009 3:49:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 618+ views
    VOA News ^ | 04/16/09 | Kurt Achin
    North Korean Painter Brushes Away Taboos About Kim Jong Il By Kurt Achin Seoul 16 April 2009 North Korea's recent rocket launch and its reappointment of Kim Jong Il as military chief are reminders to the world of the North Korean leader's potential ability to threaten regional security. But one North Korean refugee is giving the world a look at Kim Jong Il in a much less austere light. The face of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il - not waving at the masses from a balcony, but lying on his back in a hospital bed. "Kim Jong Il is...
  • N. Korean Defectors Bewildered By the South (trauma lingers)

    04/14/2009 9:33:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,639+ views
    WP ^ | 04/12/09 | Blaine Harden
    N. Korean Defectors Bewildered By the South By Blaine Harden Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, April 12, 2009; A01 ANSEONG, South Korea -- To flee North Korea and arrive in the rich, wired, consuming culture of South Korea is to feel clueless, fearful and guilty. Teenagers are particularly bewildered. As part of the newest wave in a decade-old flow of defectors from the North, they arrive stunted from malnutrition and struggling to read. At the movies for the first time, they panic when the lights go down, afraid someone might kidnap them. They find it incredible that money is stored...
  • The Kremlin strategy for worldwide communist domination

    03/06/2009 7:39:23 AM PST · by ihatedemocrats · 5 replies · 374+ views
    Anti-Communist Analyst ^ | March 2, 2009 | Jan Malina
    As a former Eastern European who spent 22 years of his life behind the Iron Curtain, my own perception of people's vigilance in the western countries for the security of their freedom, and most of all to safeguard their Catholic Apostolic Faith from the influence of, and possible destruction done by, the atheistic communism, is somewhat blinded by a clearly erroneous belief that people who lived in freedom all their lives want to continue living in it, and will not allow anything so criminal, hideous and ultimately satanic as communism is, to enter their society and take it over, and...
  • UPDATE: Father of man in Bonaire murder-suicide defected with MiG in Korean War (Mig-15 defector)

    09/23/2008 6:09:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1,092+ views
    Macon Telegraph ^ | 09/23/08 | Gene Rector
    UPDATE: Father of man in Bonaire murder-suicide defected with MiG in Korean War By Gene Rector - grector@macon.com September 21 was already a monumental day in the life of Ken Rowe. The first one, in 1953, was a happy - even glorious - occasion. The second is devastating. Fifty-five years ago, Rowe - then known as North Korean Lt. No Kum-Sok - flew a Russian-made MIG 15 to Kimpo Air Base in South Korea, defecting from his Communist homeland and delivering a treasure trove of intelligence data to the U.S. and its allies. Just three days ago, also on Sept...
  • N.Korean Spy Who Posed as Defector Busted

    08/27/2008 6:22:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 677+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 08/28/08
    N.Korean Spy Who Posed as Defector Busted AUGUST 28, 2008 08:41 Authorities said yesterday that they apprehended a North Korean spy disguised as a defector. Won Jeong-hwa was caught while handing over military intelligence to the North. Her boyfriend, a South Korean Army captain, was also indicted for failing to report her despite knowing she was working for the North. A joint investigation team grilled Won’s stepfather “Kim,” who supervised and funded her espionage activities and delivered stolen information to North Korean agents in China. The North trained Won as a spy in December 1998 and she searched for and...

    04/25/2008 5:23:16 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 35 replies · 51+ views
    MSNBC.COM ^ | April 25th, 2008 | Chuck Todd
    One of the things that both Dem campaigns are always nervous about is defectors. In particular, Clinton is more vulnerable to this problem since she's the candidate that is trailing. Well, NBC News has learned that a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, former Amb. to Chile Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon is leaving the campaign to join up Barack Obama's campaign. Officially dubbed a "Hillraiser," Guerra-Mondragon raised nearly $500,000 for Clinton's campaign, according to some estimates. He has been informing people inside Clintonworld this week in what's been described as some tough conversations. A formal announcement of a role for Guerra-Mondragon on Obama's...
  • N. Korean defectors testify before British opposition party leader

    06/19/2007 7:40:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 785+ views
    Yonhap news ^ | 06/20/07 | Sohn Suk-joo
    N. Korean defectors testify before British opposition party leader By Sohn Suk-joo SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- Two North Korean defectors Tuesday testified before the British parliament about the life in North Korean gulags, Christian group officials said Wednesday. Having spoken at a meeting of the All-Party British-North Korea Parliamentary Group in the Moses Room of the Houses of Parliament in London, Ahn Myeong-Cheol and Shin Dong-Hyok, both now settled in South Korea, also met with David Cameron, leader of Britain's opposition Conservative Party, they said. The meeting came after Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the organizer of the event, issued...
  • S. Korea: Activists & Defectors Stage anti-China anti-Olympic Protest

    06/04/2007 7:31:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 433+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 06/03/07
  • Cat Survives Trip From China to North Carolina in Cargo Crate

    05/12/2007 6:57:45 AM PDT · by stm · 63 replies · 1,506+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2007 | AP
    HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — China the cat got her name after being delivered in a crate holding motorcycle gear that a North Carolina man had ordered to be shipped from Shanghai. Eric Congdon opened the cargo freight that left port in China on April 3 and found the furry stowaway, which had chewed through one of the boxes. After at least 35 days on a ship, the cat was weak but still alive.
  • Mossad Implicated In Missing (Iranian) Defector Mystery

    03/08/2007 6:51:11 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 682+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-9-2007 | Tim Butcher
    Mossad implicated in missing defector mystery By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem Last Updated: 1:43am GMT 09/03/2007 An Iranian former spy chief is being debriefed by Western intelligence officials after defecting, sources claimed yesterday. Speaking to The Washington Post, the sources said Ali Reza Azkari, 63, turned himself over to foreign spy agencies and was providing intelligence about Iran's close links with Hizbollah, the Shia militia from Lebanon. One of the sources said Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence agency which is known to have extensive contacts in Iran, coordinated his defection although there was no official confirmation from the Jewish State....