United States linked to North Korea embassy raid in Spain

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

"Although most of the [attackers] were Korean, at least two of them have been identified by Spanish intelligence services as having links to the U.S. CIA", the newspaper reported.

According to El Confidencial (in Spanish), the assailants gagged and tied up staff members, and took a number of computers.

The US spy service, the CIA, was linked to two of the attackers in a raid on North Korea's embassy in Madrid on 22 February, Spanish newspaper El Pais has said, citing police and intelligence sources in an ongoing investigation. Not only would it mean that the USA agency had operated on Spanish soil without asking for authorization or informing the authorities, it would also be a violation of the global conventions that protect diplomatic delegations.

"The operation was perfectly planned as if it were carried out by a military cell", they said.

Spanish authorities however said the response was "not very convincing".

On Feb. 22 at 3 p.m., 10 masked men carrying imitation weapons broke into the embassy located north of Madrid in the residential area of Aravaca.

Spain's El Confidencial, which broke the news of the incident, also reported Wednesday that Spanish officials have linked two assailants to the Central Intelligence Agency.

Inside, the police reportedly found eight people tied up with bags over their heads. The victims were beaten and interrogated.

One woman managed to get free, escaping through a second floor window and screaming for help.

When officers arrived at the scene, a man opened the door and told them nothing was going on. Minutes later, two luxury vehicles sped out of the embassy.

A court in Madrid is in charge of the investigation into the break-in.

Spanish authorities said police were investigating an incident last week at the North Korean Embassy in Madrid in which a woman was hurt and, according to a North Korean government's aide, computers and cellphones also were stolen.

Former North Korean ambassador to Spain, Kim Hyok Chol, in a file photo from 2015.

Kim had served as ambassador at the embassy until September 2017, when Spain expelled him on grounds that North Korea's nuclear test breached United Nations Security Council resolutions.

El País pointed out that the robbery took place five days before Donald Trump's second summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

English version by Melissa Kitson.

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