Support for Christopher Ahn and Adrian Hong, plus their South Korean colleagues, has been widespread across media outlets that span the political divides.
- Free Joseon is a North Korean resistance movement, not a criminal enterprise . Los Angeles Times.
“A mysterious group called Free Joseon — or Free North Korea — has broken Pyongyang’s seven decades-long record of untouchability and trampled on its greatest taboo: The “Supreme Dignity” Kim Jong Un must never be desecrated.”
“North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism that has shown few qualms about attempting extrajudicial killings of defectors and other “enemies of the state” even on foreign soil. Last month, when Spain’s high court, disclosed the names of the embassy suspects, it endangered the activists and their families.”
“For the U.S. to accept what is essentially a North Korean version of the events is to effectively defend the Kim regime. It sends the message to Pyongyang that its egregious crimes lie beyond the concern of the world’s presumptive champion of freedom and democracy.”
“The U.S. must not do Kim’s bidding. Our extradition treaty with Spain provides for a refusal to extradite if we regard the offense in question as political. The North Korean Embassy breach surely was that, and the U.S. should seek to protect the dissidents rather than hand them over to Spain.”
“Free Joseon is a textbook resistance movement”
- Calls grow to drop case against US Marine and activists in North Korean embassy intrusion. Fox News.
“Fox News viewed one video from a security camera inside an embassy conference room that purportedly shows a North Korean diplomat meeting with “Free North Korea” members, and they are seen calmly talking and laughing.”
“We shouldn’t extradite these people to Spain,” says Gordon Chang, the noted Asian analyst…”The Spanish should never have asked for extradition in the first place, because these ‘crimes,’ quote un-quote, are actually political.
This group has been able to do some very important things that governments have not wanted to do and have not been able to do.”
- U.S. shouldn’t assist in persecuting Kim Jong-un opponents. The Washington Times.
“The “DOJ is executing warrants against U.S. nationals being targeted by North Korea, based on criminal complaints from the Kim regime.” It’s as unbelievable as it sounds.
“Suppressing dissidents who fight for the liberation of innocent North Koreans only sends the message to Pyongyang that its unsurpassed crimes against humanity lie beyond the concern of the United States.”
“While Ahn is being held in LA, Hong is reportedly in hiding from U.S. authorities and North Korean hit squads.”
- U.S. authorities make first arrest in mysterious raid of North Korea’s Embassy in Spain. The Washington Post.
“The developments mark a dramatic turn of fate for the revolutionary group, which sought to assist U.S. authorities by handing over computers and other items stolen from the North Korean embassy that it characterized as potentially having “enormous” intelligence value.”
“In a statement to The Washington Post, Hong’s lawyer, Lee Wolosky, said he was “dismayed that the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to execute warrants against U.S. persons that derive from criminal complaints filed by the North Korean regime.’
“The last US citizen who fell into the custody of the Kim regime returned home maimed from torture and did not survive,” he said, referring to Otto Warmbier, a U.S. college student who was imprisoned in North Korea in 2016 and died shortly after being flown back to the United States in a coma in 2017.”
- North Korean defectors show support for Adrian Hong. The Korea Times.
“Adrian Hong is a great person and Free Joseon is a good organization, dedicating itself to promoting the liberation of the North Korean people,” Park told The Korea Times when reached April 9…I do feel a sense of camaraderie and fellowship towards Free Joseon and I would say they are courageous people fighting for the liberation of the North Korean people.”
“Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), said Adrian Hong was a dedicated human rights activist and all he had seen regarding the issue was “trial by media.” “I know Adrian as a dedicated human rights activist, who was one of the founders of a prominent organization focused on North Korean human rights,” Scarlatoiu said. “He hasn’t been affiliated with that organization for a decade. But, while he was there, he endeavored to rescue many North Korean escapees. Some of them have become very successful. All of them remember him for his courage and leadership.”
“Adrian has always struck me as a young man seeking to make the kind of transformational changes that he witnessed as a youngster in a missionary home in Central America, but doing so in a secular context,” said a Christian activist and associate on condition of anonymity.
- Leader of Free Joseon met with FBI in New York and LA. The Dong-A Ilbo.
“There should have been several political discussions prior to the U.S. government’s acceptance of Spain’s request to arrest the men regarding this very political event,” said attorney Kim Sang-yun at Kobre & Kim, a former prosecutor at the Criminal Department at the U.S. Attorney Office.