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Idaho pilot becomes first woman to fly F-35 jet for Marine Corps

A commercial helicopter pilot from Idaho has become the first woman in the Marine Corps to fly an F-35 fighter jet, a supersonic stealth aircraft.

Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz, a 29-year-old Boise native, completed her training program this past June at South Carolina’s Air Station Beaufort, the Marine Corps announced last week. Satz’s training lasted four years, taking her to bases in Florida, Texas and Mississippi.

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Satz graduated the F-35B Lighting II Pilot Training Program June and will be assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 in Iwakuni, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ashley Phillips)

“The first flight in an F-35 is by yourself,” Satz said. “The syllabus thoroughly prepares you for that first time you take off and for every flight after that, it’s an exhilarating experience.”

Now, with over 300 flight hours under her belt, Satz is set to pilot the F-35B Lightning II as part of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, the Green Knights, in Iwakuni, Japan. The aircraft is designed to operate from short-field bases and near front-line combat zones, the Corps said.

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Satz said her time flying a commercial Robinson R44 Helicopter prepared her for a career as a military pilot. She also thanked her instructors and other members of her training squadron.

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Capt. Anneliese Satz puts on her flight helmet prior to a training flight aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ashley Phillips)

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Women have only been allowed to fly in the Marines since 1993, when pilot positions were first made available to women, Military.com reported.

The first woman to fly for the Marine Corps was then-2nd Lt. Sarah Deal, who piloted a heavy-lift helicopter in 1995, according to the outlet. In 2001, Capt. Vernice Armour became the first black female Marine pilot, flying an AH-1W Cobra.

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Marine corporal charged with murder, manslaughter in shooting of fellow Marine in DC barracks

A U.S. Marine has been charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide in the January shooting of a fellow Marine at the Corps’ Washington D.C. barracks.

Investigators say Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnson shot 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia in the head on New Year’s Day after pointing a pistol at Kuznia and pulling the “trigger in jest,” according to a charge sheet obtained by the Marine Corps Times.

MARINE, 20, KILLED IN DC BARRACKS SHOOTING IDENTIFIED

The Marines said the shooting happened at approximately 5 a.m., during a shift change. Kuznia, a native of Karlstad, Minn., was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center shortly before 6 a.m. Jan. 1.

Kuznia’s mother, Markelle, said at the time of her son’s death that he always longed to be a Marine.

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Riley Kuznia was shot and killed Jan.1 (Fox 5 D.C.)

“He just wanted to serve,” she recalled. “Ever since he was little, he talked about being a soldier.”

“When he got out [of the military], he was going to start his own construction business,” she added. “He said he wanted to give five years to his country.”

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted his condolences the day after Kuznia’s death was announced.

“We are forever grateful for your service to our state and our country,” Walz said. “May your family find peace and strength in outpouring of love and support from the community.”

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Marine spokeswoman Capt. Katie Kochert told the publication that Johnson will face a so-called Article 32 hearing later this month, where some or all of the charges could be dropped. Following the hearing, an officer will recommend whether Johnson will face a court-martial or receive administrative action.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-Marine accused by Spain of North Korean embassy break-in freed on bail

A former U.S. Marine accused of breaking into North Korea’s embassy in Madrid and assaulting diplomatic personnel was freed on $1.3 million bond in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

As a condition of his release, Christopher Ahn must confine himself to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills ahead of his possible extradition to Spain and must wear an ankle monitor.

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“I spent a lot of time reading about you and I’m confident you’re going to do the right thing,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Jean Rosenbluth told Ahn, who had several family members in attendance at the hearing.

Ahn can only leave his home for medical appointments and church. He is expected to be released in the coming days.

Spanish authorities have charged Ahn, 38, who spent six years in the Marines and served in Iraq, with breaking into the North Korean embassy with five others on February 22. They said the group beat some embassy staff and held them hostage for hours before fleeing.

The charges include breaking and entering, robbery with violence and causing injuries, according to U.S. court documents.

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Ahn is said to be a member of Free Joseon, or the Cheollima Civil Defense, an activist group which supports North Korean defectors and seeks to overthrown North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Two people allegedly involved in the embassy incident are still at large, including Adrian Hong, a Mexican national and longtime U.S. resident who is the purported leader of the group.

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Christopher Ahn (U.S. Marine Corps)

Attorneys for Free Joseon said the allegations of violence are lies from Kim’s diplomats, who they say made up the story to save their own skins. They claim the group members were invited inside and that there were no problems.

“The extradition papers from Spain confirm that almost the entire case against Mr. Ahn is based on uncorroborated statements made by high-ranking North Korean officials,” Ahn’s attorney Naeun Rim told Fox News in a statement last week.

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Video obtained by Fox News shows the activists walking into the embassy and chatting with a member of Kim’s diplomatic corps. One activist takes official photographs of Kim and his father Kim Jong II from a wall and smashes them on the floor.

Ahn was arrested by U.S. agents in April in Los Angeles. His actions have made him a target of the Kim regime, Rosenbluth said in an order conditionally granting him bail.

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Ahn during his tour of duty as a Marine in Fallujah, Iraq (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

“The F.B.I. has confirmed that the North Korean government has threatened his life,” the judge wrote. “He is apparently the target of a dictatorship’s efforts to murder him.”

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Prosecutors objected to Ahn’s release, citing him as a flight risk.

“It’s like a huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders knowing that he’s going to be home, he’s going to be with loved ones, we can visit with him now,” Juan Sanabria, a former Marine who served with Ahn, told Reuters.

Fox News anchor and senior correspondent Eric Shawn contributed to this report. 

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Thousands of motorcyclists ride in honor of 7 bikers killed in NH crash

A long procession of motorcycles participated Saturday in a memorial ride in New Hampshire to remember seven bikers, including five Marines, killed in a collision with a truck last month.

The 90-mile “Ride for the Fallen 7” attracted more than 3,000 bikers, some as far away as Florida and California.

Organizer Steve Allison said the event to honor the victims who rode with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club “was a statement,” the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

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Motorcyclists participate in the Ride for the Fallen 7 on Saturday in New Hampshire. Thousands of motorcyclists traveled through parts of New Hampshire as a tribute to the seven bikers killed in a collision with a pickup truck last month. (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP)

“My eyes are burning because I was crying all the time on the road,” he said.

NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGHWAY COLLISION LEAVES 7 MOTORCYCLISTS DEAD, 3 INJURED

Participants braved a violent thunderstorm and were urged on by bystanders with American flags.

The seven bikers were killed last month when a pickup truck hauling a flatbed trailer crashed into the group. The pickup driver, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide and remains behind bars.

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Bikers at the memorial site where seven bikers riding with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club were killed in a collision last month Saturday. (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP)

Those killed were: Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, N.H.; Albert Mazza Jr., 59, of Lee, N.H.;  Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, N.H.; Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, R.I.; and Edward Corr,, 58, of Lakeville, Mass.; who all served in the Marines.

Also killed were Perry’s girlfriend, Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, N.H., and Corr’s wife, Jo-Ann Corr, 58.

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The procession began in Laconia after an offering of prayers and the singing of the Marines’ Hymn.

It concluded at the crash site in Randolph, where a memorial of flags and a color guard stood.

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A woman views a memorial at the site where seven bikers riding with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club were killed in a collision last month Saturday. Thousands of motorcyclists converged at the crash site at the conclusion of the 90-mile Ride for the Fallen 7 to remember the riders who were killed. (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP)

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The event ended with more prayers at a memorial service in a field just beyond the crash site.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Navy SEAL accused of killing ISIS detainee was victim of ‘target and fixation,’ attorney says in closing arguments

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Jury deliberations started Monday in the trial of decorated Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, as military prosecutors said his words and actions proved he murdered a member of the Islamic State terror network in May 2017, while the defense said the prosecution’s case had “huge gaping holes.”

Gallagher, 40, has been accused of stabbing to death a teenager who was detained as a member of ISIS in Iraq. He also allegedly posed with the detainee’s corpse for photographs and shot civilians.

The trial in San Diego has captured national attention as Gallagher’s defense has been championed by his family and some congressional Republicans who have claimed he’s a hero getting railroaded. President Trump even intervened to get Gallagher removed from the brig as he awaited trial and is said to be considering a pardon for him.

Gallagher’s defense attorney argued his client was a subject of “fixation” by military prosecutors. “They started with a conclusion … [and] … ignored everything that didn’t fit,” Timothy Parlatore told the jury of five Marines and two sailors during his closing argument.

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Summing up for the prosecution, Cmdr. Jeff Pietrzyk argued that Gallagher’s own words and actions, as well as the testimony of his fellow troops, demonstrated his guilt.

“The government’s evidence in this case is Chief Gallagher’s words, Chief Gallagher’s pictures, Chief Gallagher’s SEALs,” Pietrzyk said.

The prosecutor dismissed the testimony of Special Operator Corey Scott, who testified he saw Gallagher stab the prisoner in the neck but stunned the court when he said he was the one who ultimately killed the prisoner by plugging his breathing tube with his thumb as an act of mercy.

“He [Corey Scott] changed his account to assist Chief Gallagher,” Pietrzyk said. “He had his ‘I am Spartacus’ moment because he thought it would assist Chief Gallagher.”

Parlatore contended that investigators never asked Scott about the cause of the detainee’s death, which is why they were surprised by his testimony.

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“After he [Scott] received immunity, he told them,” the defense attorney said. “… Nobody could have anticipated unless they asked him the right question the first time around … They focused solely on Eddie Gallagher … They didn’t even listen to their own witness.”

During the trial, it was revealed that nearly all the platoon members readily posed for photos with the dead prisoner and watched as Gallagher read his reenlistment oath near the body in an impromptu ceremony.

“That’s something you do over your accomplishment,” Pietrzyk said. “… He [Gallagher] was proud of what he had just done.”

Nearly a dozen SEALs testified over two weeks. Most were granted immunity to protect them from being prosecuted for acts they described on the stand.

PROSECUTION EXPERT ADMITS NO EVIDENCE OF STAB WOUNDS IN NAVY SEAL WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Seven SEALs said Gallagher unexpectedly stabbed the prisoner, moments after he and the other medics treated the 17-year-old boy. Two, including Scott, testified they saw Gallagher plunge his knife into the prisoner’s neck.

Parlatore accused those witnesses of plotting against Gallagher to accuse him of murder and singled out Special Warfare Operator Chief Craig Miller, the first to testify that he saw Gallagher stab the detainee, as “the king of this mutiny.”

An Iraqi general who handed the wounded prisoner to the SEALs testified that Gallagher did not stab the boy. And, Marine Staff Sgt. Giorgio Kirylo said after the militant died that he moved the body to take a “cool guy trophy” photo with it and saw no stab wounds on his neck.

The prosecutor said he wouldn’t try to argue sympathy for the teenage prisoner, who had been wounded in an airstrike.

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“Before the airstrike, he would have done anything in his power to kill an American,” Pietrzyk said before adding the prisoner was not a lawful target once he was in the SEALs’ custody.

“We’re not ISIS. When we capture someone and they’re out of the fight, that’s it,” Pietrzyk said. “That’s where the line is drawn.”

Fox News’ Dan Gallo and Jonathan Hunt in San Diego and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California teen’s Marine brother surprises her on stage at graduation

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A California high schooler was brought to tears Wednesday when her older brother, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, surprised her on stage as she accepted her diploma during graduation ceremonies.

Kali Honeywood had no idea that her brother, Lance Corporal Christopher Honeywood, would be returning from his deployment at Camp Pendleton in Darwin, Australia to see her graduate.

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“Oh my gosh. My heart is pounding. I didn’t see this coming at all. So I’m just really happy,” Kali told reporters.

The Honeywood family coordinated with the U.S. Marine Corps and Elk Grove Unified School District to bring Christopher home for the special occasion.

“Oh man, it was great seeing my little sister graduate,” he said.

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“I was like, ‘What the heck?’ That’s literally what I thought,” Kali said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing here?'”

Christopher will be spending time with his family before leaving for his next deployment in Okinawa, Japan.

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California teen’s Marine brother surprises her on stage at graduation

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A California high schooler was brought to tears Wednesday when her older brother, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, surprised her on stage as she accepted her diploma during graduation ceremonies.

Kali Honeywood had no idea that her brother, Lance Corporal Christopher Honeywood, would be returning from his deployment at Camp Pendleton in Darwin, Australia to see her graduate.

US MARINE SURPRISES BROTHER AT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION BY PRESENTING HIS DIPLOMA

“Oh my gosh. My heart is pounding. I didn’t see this coming at all. So I’m just really happy,” Kali told reporters.

The Honeywood family coordinated with the U.S. Marine Corps and Elk Grove Unified School District to bring Christopher home for the special occasion.

“Oh man, it was great seeing my little sister graduate,” he said.

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“I was like, ‘What the heck?’ That’s literally what I thought,” Kali said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing here?'”

Christopher will be spending time with his family before leaving for his next deployment in Okinawa, Japan.

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Young Marine hopeful helped stop Colorado school shooting that left 1 dead, 8 injured

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A student who helped subdue one of the Colorado school shooters is a member of the Marines’ Delayed Entry Program, the U.S. Marine Corps said Wednesday.

The Marines said the student, Brendan Bialy, put his own safety at risk and showed “courage and commitment” in helping tackle a gunman in the STEM School in the south Denver suburbs.

At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Bialy said he tackled the gunman and fought back out of pure instinct.

He said he refused to be a victim, and he has been getting online gratitude from as far away as Ireland.

“The United States Marine Corps has confirmed that Brendan Bialy, a current poolee in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP), assisted in subduing an active shooter at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019,” Capt. Michael Maggitti said in a statement. “Brendan’s courage and commitment to swiftly ending this tragic incident at the risk of his own safety is admirable and inspiring. His decisive actions resulted in the safety and protection of his teachers and fellow classmates. Brendan joined the DEP July 12, 2018 out of Recruiting Sub-station Parker, CO, and is scheduled to ship to recruit training this summer.”

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The Delayed Entry Program allows prospective Marines to sign up days or months before they start training.

Fox 31 reported that Bialy is to begin training this summer.

Maggitti said Bialy was not injured.

Authorities said 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was killed after he lunged at one of the shooters. Eight other students were injured.

Authorities said one of the suspects is 18-year-old Devon Erickson, a student at the STEM School Highlands Ranch where Tuesday’s shootings occurred. They said the second suspect is a juvenile who also attended the school. Authorities said the two students used at least two handguns.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the suspects had a “number of weapons” in Tuesday’s shooting including two handguns, which he said they weren’t old enough to buy or own.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US Marine among activists charged with storming North Korean embassy in Spain as video released

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They entered the North Korean embassy in Madrid, Spain last February, and grabbed computers, thumb drives and a cell phone that they then handed over to the FBI, investigators said.

But instead of thanking them, the Justice Department is charging the pair.

The two dissidents, 37-year-old U.S. Marine Christopher Ahn and noted human rights activist Adrian Hong, are members of the North Korean resistance group Free Joseon, or “Free North Korea.” They are calling for the downfall of Kim Jong Un’s regime and consider themselves the “Provisional government of Free Joseon.” But now, the U.S. is seeking to extradite the two to face charges in Madrid.

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U.S. Marine Christopher Ahn may be extradited to face charges. (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

“We shouldn’t extradite these people to Spain,” says Gordon Chang, the noted Asian analyst and author of the new book, “Losing South Korea.”

“The Spanish should never have asked for extradition in the first place, because these ‘crimes,’ quote un-quote, are actually political.”

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Human rights activist Adrian Hong was accused in the embassy break-in. (Hong family)

The group has been fighting the regime, and has helped some high-level North Koreans defect, including the son of Kim’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam, whose assassination with VX nerve gas in 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur airport was blamed on the regime.

Fox News obtained video purporting to show an activist removing the official portraits of Kim Jong Un and his father, Kim Jong Il, from the embassy wall. The activist then smashed the portraits on the floor, breaking the glass into pieces as it hit. That would be an unthinkable act in North Korea.

“What they have done is really God’s work, over a long period of time,” says Chang. “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. And also we know that the group took thumb drives out of the North Korean embassy in Madrid, they gave them to the FBI and this is important because North Korean embassies are really centers of crime. North Korea raises money through criminal activities, which are centered on the embassies. I am sure that we found a lot of information about how North Korea launders money through Europe, because of the information this group gave to federal authorities.”

Christopher Ahn served in Fallujah, Iraq, and Hong is the co-founder of the group Liberty In North Korea, and has been recognized for his humanitarian work by then-President Obama, whom he visited at the White House.

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Ahn served as a Marine in Fallujah, Iraq. (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

The criminal complaint from Spanish authorities says that a group of about ten people, led by Hong, entered the embassy on February 2, and attacked “all the personnel that were in the diplomatic mission, until they managed to reduce them and place shackles and ties on them to immobilize them, and put bags on their heads.”

It claims that the embassy personnel were beaten and threatened “with iron bars and what appeared as firearms,” but that the chief North Korean diplomat “told them that he would not betray his country and would not defect.”

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Hong was recognized by the Obama White House for his humanitarian work. (Hong family)

But Hong’s lawyer, Lee Wolosky, brands the claims that the group broke in and threatened violence as total nonsense. He says that the embassy’s video security cameras clearly show members calmly entering the building.

“We do not believe it is appropriate for the Department of Justice to execute warrants based on North Korean criminal complaints and the highly unreliable accounts of North Korean government witnesses. The North Korean witnesses who spent hours inside the embassy with representatives of the Provisional Government have an obvious incentive to lie and to maintain that they were subjected to extreme coercion,” he said in a statement to Fox News.

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Ahn is a member of the North Korean resistance group Free Joseon, or “Free North Korea.” (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

Gordon Chang said the U.S. government should not prosecute the activists based on what he says are questionable claims from Kim Jong Un’s diplomats. While he says that there is disagreement over what transpired in the embassy, “we do know that this group was trying to do some very important things that help the West, including Spain.”

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.

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“As we have maintained from the beginning, Free Joseon was invited to enter the Embassy, and there was no ‘attack’ or forced entry. The North Korean accounts are now contradicted by the CCTV images released by the Spanish authorities and the other evidence that we understand has now been provided to Fox News,” said Wolosky in his statement.

“They were probably invited in, this was probably an inside job,” said Gordon Chang. “Someone on the inside was going to defect. The reporting is that this was a botched attempt to get one of those senior North Korean diplomats to defect.”

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Ahn and other activists have called for the downfall of Kim Jong Un’s regime. (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

Chang says that if it got out to Pyongyang that the activists were actually allowed into the embassy by Kim’s diplomatic staff and remained there talking for several hours, “these people would be executed, after being tortured.”

“North Korea has a problem in Europe. They’ve had some senior diplomats defect recently, and so Pyongyang has been nervous about this network for quite some time.”

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Meanwhile, Christopher Ahn sits in a jail cell in Los Angeles awaiting the outcome of Spain’s extradition request, and Adrian Hong remains wanted by federal authorities.

As for the activists’ work, Chang says “it does give hope to the people of North Korea that they can have a better way of life.”

Fox News’ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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Marine reservist under investigation for posting photo appearing to show boots in swastika shape

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A Marine Corps reservist is under investigation for a photo on Instagram that appeared to show several Marines positioning their boots in the shape of a swastika, the Marine Forces Reserve confirmed Monday.

“We can confirm that Pfc. Anthony D. Schroader is a member of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve and is assigned to 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve located in West Palm Beach, Florida,” Marine Forces Reserve told ABC News.

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Schroader allegedly sent the photo to Marine veteran and “Terminal Lance” creator Maximilian Uriarte on April 26, asking Uriarte to share the image on the social media pages for the popular comic series about the Marine Corps.

Uriarte, who is Jewish, sent a tweet to the Marine Corps asking officials to investigate, according to Task & Purpose, which first reported the story.

“There is no place for racial hatred or extremism in the Marine Corps,” Maj. Roger Hollenbeck told Task & Purpose. “The ‘Terminal Lance’ tweet featuring derogatory behavior by Marines is currently being investigated and any further comment would be premature.”

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Hollenbeck declined to say how many Marines in total are under investigation, due to the ongoing probe.

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