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    US authorities arrest man linked to N.Korea embassy raid

    The US authorities have made their first arrest in connection with the mysterious raid on North Korea’s Madrid embassy in February when a group of assailants allegedly tied up staff and stole sensitive information.


    On Thursday, federal officers arrested Christopher Ahn, a former US marine and a member of the secretive Free Joseon group, who are dedicated to overthrowing Kim Jong-un’s regime and who carried out the bold daylight assault on the embassy.


    In a related development, armed agents also raided the apartment of Adrian Hong, the alleged leader of the group, also known as Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD). Mr Hong was not present at the time.


    Mr Ahn appeared on Friday in a Los Angeles federal court and his case has now been sealed at the request of his lawyer. The US justice department has declined to comment.


    The authorities’ action marks a dramatic turn for the shadowy group who had initially offered information from stolen electronics that included flash drives, computers and a mobile phone to the FBI after they escaped from Spain via Portugal back to the US.


    North Korea experts speculated that the information could have been invaluable for intelligence gathering.


    In a March 26 statement, one month after the raid, the CCD claimed that it had shared “certain information of enormous potential value” with the FBI “under mutually agreed terms of confidentiality” and that it was “shared voluntarily and on their request.”







    However, it added: “Those terms appear to have been broken.”


    Last week a Spanish judicial source the material had been returned by Spanish authorities to Pyongyang’s mission after being returned two weeks previously by the FBI to the Spanish court investigating the raid.




    Last month, a 14-page court summary issued by Jose de la Mata, a Spanish high court judge, alleged that a group of at least ten people stormed the North Korean embassy on the afternoon of February 22, restraining and physically beating some staff while holding them hostage for hours.


    The document claimed they were armed with knives, machetes, metal bars and fake pellet guns and that one diplomat had sustained “several injuries” while his assailants tried to persuade him to defect.


    Spain is seeking the extradition of several members of the group.


    The CCD strongly denied the accusations, issuing a statement that painted a vastly different picture of events, claiming that had “responded to an urgent situation” at the embassy and that they were “invited” into the building.

    MORE https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...-embassy-raid/

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    Interesting. An attempt at trust building?

    Or just to get their hands on the rest of the material?

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    Yes, it's a crime against a foreign country in another foreign country. WTF has it got to do With the U.S.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Yes, it's a crime against a foreign country in another foreign country. WTF has it got to do With the U.S.?

    "Spain is seeking the extradition of several members of the group".

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