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Count Bobulescu
15-03-2019, 12:00 AM
FYI:



Report: North Korea Embassy attackers had CIA links


10 attackers break into the North Korean Embassy. They tie up the staff, beating and interrogating them in the process.


One woman escapes and calls for help, but when police arrive on the scene an Asian man answers the door and calmly tells them all is well.
Minutes later, the assailants drive off in diplomatic vehicles, taking computers and other devices with them. The cars are soon found, abandoned. The attackers have vanished.

Thatís what happened in Madrid on Feb. 22, just days before the summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, according a report from El Confidencial (https://link.axios.com/click/16285241.23809/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZWxjb25maWRlbmNpYWwuY29tL2VzcGFuYS 8yMDE5LTAzLTEwL2FzYWx0by1lbWJhamFkYS1kZS1jb3JlYS1w b2xpY2lhLXktY25pLWVldXVfMTg3MDY5OC8_dXRtX3NvdXJjZT 1uZXdzbGV0dGVyJnV0bV9tZWRpdW09ZW1haWwmdXRtX2NhbXBh aWduPW5ld3NsZXR0ZXJfYXhpb3N3b3JsZCZzdHJlYW09d29ybG Q/58739f36cb4a2be3538b51c0Ba5069497) (Spanish). Now, El Pais reports (https://link.axios.com/click/16285241.23809/aHR0cHM6Ly9lbHBhaXMuY29tL2VscGFpcy8yMDE5LzAzLzEzL2 luZW5nbGlzaC8xNTUyNDY0MTk2XzI3OTMyMC5odG1sP3V0bV9z b3VyY2U9bmV3c2xldHRlciZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPWVtYWlsJnV0bV 9jYW1wYWlnbj1uZXdzbGV0dGVyX2F4aW9zd29ybGQmc3RyZWFt PXdvcmxk/58739f36cb4a2be3538b51c0B094dd503) that police have linked two of the embassy attackers to the CIA, based on surveillance footage.
The backdrop: El Pais cites ďsourcesĒ who speculate the goal of the attack was to gain intelligence on North Koreaís former ambassador to Spain, Kim Hyok Chol. He's now playing a leading role in nuclear negotiations with the U.S.
My thought bubble: This is an explosive story. We havenít confirmed any of it. To be honest, I donít know what to make of it. But having skipped it when it first bubbled up, the latest twist seems too significant to ignore.

C. Flower
15-03-2019, 07:12 PM
From the agency that tried to kill Castro with exploding cigars ? Why not.

pluralist
15-03-2019, 07:41 PM
Count Bob has joined the ranks of conspiracy theorists? :)

Count Bobulescu
17-03-2019, 04:17 PM
From the agency that tried to kill Castro with exploding cigars ? Why not.
I guessed the title would be pure click bait for you............:p

Count Bobulescu
17-03-2019, 04:20 PM
Count Bob has joined the ranks of conspiracy theorists? :)
Provide your evidence that the event didn't happen, and if you can't do that, then your evidence that the CIA wasn't involved. The link demonstrates that Spain's premier newspaper considers it worthwhile to cover. BBC and WaPo have also covered it. Feel stupid now?

Count Bobulescu
21-03-2019, 01:15 AM
Apparently the CIA were not the lead org. It was these boys, Cheollima Civil Defense, led by the son of Kim's half brother what got rubbed out by two women in an airport....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...=.46d589ef3200 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-shadowy-group-trying-to-overthrow-kim-jong-un-raided-a-north-korean-embassy-in-broad-daylight/2019/03/15/ae4208a4-c451-4886-b608-f5ac1f182d3d_story.html?utm_term=.46d589ef3200)

C. Flower
24-03-2019, 06:18 PM
Apparently the CIA were not the lead org. It was these boys, Cheollima Civil Defense, led by the son of Kim's half brother what got rubbed out by two women in an airport....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...=.46d589ef3200 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-shadowy-group-trying-to-overthrow-kim-jong-un-raided-a-north-korean-embassy-in-broad-daylight/2019/03/15/ae4208a4-c451-4886-b608-f5ac1f182d3d_story.html?utm_term=.46d589ef3200)

It is interesting - not new practice from either the CIA or it's allied 'dissident organisations seeking to overthrow'. whichever state it is this week. Every State bugs the people involved in key inter-state negotiations.

Back in the day when there were such things as State telecoms, and Unions of telecom workers in them, it was not unusual for the underdogs (aka former colonial countries / colonial countries) to invite telecoms workers in to do very effective sweeps of the bugged buildings and clean out the US/British/French bugs.

The difference is that it is far more overt in these cases - as per the "Russian toxins" incidents - and presumably designed to pressurise the other negotiating party by a show of strength/capacity as much as to covertly spy or bug.

Count Bobulescu
20-04-2019, 04:18 PM
Not the CIA, not Cheollima Civil Defense....


SPY GAMES -- "U.S. authorities make first arrest in mysterious raid of North Korea's Embassy in Spain," by WaPo's John Hudson: "U.S. authorities have made the first arrest related to the mysterious raid of North Korea's Embassy in Spain in which masked assailants tied up staff, stole computers and fled to the United States, according to two people familiar with the matter. On Thursday, federal authorities arrested Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. Marine and a member of Free Joseon, a group dedicated to the overthrow of North Korea's Kim Dynasty.
"He appeared in a federal-district court in Los Angeles on Friday where his attorney requested that the case be sealed. The court ruled in the attorney's favor over the government's objections, a Justice Department spokesman said. Separately, federal agents raided the apartment of Adrian Hong, the leader of Free Joseon, said people familiar with the incident." WaPo (http://go.politicoemail.com/?qs=99ac94b09dca24d66b5819d687a3b2ea467993f90a69b7 ace67503dcd37005d190b70b22f607e4e297b1adcb5d952adc )

C. Flower
20-04-2019, 11:13 PM
"the case be sealed" ? Court of the Star Chamber or what ???

Count Bobulescu
21-04-2019, 03:36 PM
Having cases sealed is not all that unusual. Most of the 14 cases Mueller handed off to other prosecutors are still sealed. What's unusual here, is that the govt. which is normally the party seeking seal, ( to preserve sources & methods etc.) is on the other side.