Army Investigates Soldier Who May Have Defected To North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. Army is investigating a soldier as a possible defector, after a video surfaced showing him among the ranks of the North Korean army, sources confirmed today.
Although he does not identify himself in the video, intelligence sources believe the man seen in the four-minute clip is Private First Class Robert Tredmons, a soldier currently listed as missing in action but alleged to have walked off his Seoul base in 2010, heading towards the de-militarized zone.
The video release from North Korean news sources appears to substantiate claims the soldier is a defector and not a prisoner of war. In the video, he is shown as serving as a Supreme Private First Class in the North Korean Army and claims to enjoy the North Korean military much more than the U.S. Army, where he says he was was constantly yelled at and berated.
In his new assignment as Supreme Squad Leader, Supreme First Platoon, America Attack Company, Jong-Un Defense Battalion, the soldier claims to have more responsibility than he ever had in the U.S. Army.
“I am taller than everyone in my unit,” the soldier says in the video. He continued to describe how North Koreans all look up to him and admire his extensive knowledge of U.S. military tactics, such as picking up cigarette butts and mopping floors. “I have never been this popular or depended on in my entire life."
Soldiers who served with the missing soldier have described his departure as pre-meditated with scribbled notes outlining exactly what equipment and gear he used to defect, to include a Samurai sword and a gallon of milk for the journey.
The missing soldier’s father, who began walking on his knees after his son was reported missing, says he plans to continue walking on his knees as a sign of respect to the short people of North Korea, until his son is returned.
The video also showed the soldier eating rice calmly with chop sticks, dancing Gangnam Style, and running battle drills with North Korean soldiers, to include one clip of what appeared to be fuzzy video of a G.I. Joe action figure thrown from a roof with a shopping bag wrapped around its arms.
At press time, the Pentagon had refused to comment on the video's authenticity.