MADRID – A Spanish court on Tuesday accused an American, Mexican and South Korean of being part of a ten-member group that launched a mysterious attack on the North Korean embassy in February. The attackers then said they had offered stolen data from the raid to the FBI.
Jose de la Mata, the judge of the National Court, overturned a secrecy order on Tuesday, announcing that he had found clues for various crimes, including violations, injuries, threats and "breaking in" by a "criminal organization" at the Madrid embassy
At this time, no formal charges were made in the investigation.
The judge released documents in the case and said in a written ruling that the attackers who were the only diplomat of the embassy could not be persuaded that he had made a mistake, identifying himself as "members of an association or movement of human rights for the liberation of North Korea."
The February 22 attack, including a brave escape from the heavy seas The Secret Message the attackers brought computer and data after they tied up the staff of the delegation and gagged, was claimed by Cheolima Civil Defense in online posts – a shadowy group that has the self-declared mission to support defectors of the North Korean regime. The group also bears the name Free Jonseon.
On Tuesday, the Spanish judge published documents naming the suspects, including Adrian Hong Chang, a Mexican national residing in the United States. De La Mata called Hong Chang leader of the gang responsible for the attack.
Hong Chang fled Spain and went to Lisbon before flying to the United States on February 23, according to court records. The suspect then contacted the FBI in New York four days later and offered to investigators in the United States to exchange material and videos with the investigators. The Spanish investigation did not say if the FBI accepted the material.
Others identified as part of the group of attackers were Sam Ryu from the US and Woo Ran Lee, a South Korean citizen. The whereabouts of the suspects and their hometowns were not immediately known.
The North Korean authorities have not officially reported the incident to the authorities. The Spanish police learned this only because the wife of a worker could escape the embassy by jumping out of a window.
According to the Spanish judge, Hong Chang was the man who opened the door for the Spanish police officers. They checked the woman's claim that there was something going on in the embassy.
The attacker, posing as the embassy official, told the police that everything was normal there and paved the way for the group's escape.
Timing of the attack Hardly a week before a high-level US North Korea Summit was derailed for denuclearization in Hanoi, many had led him to join him with the former Northern Ambassador to Spain.
Kim Hyok Chol expelled from Spain in September 2017 Pyongyang's sixth round of nuclear testing and missile launches across neighboring Japan is the northern nuclear key negotiating partner.