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    ‘He’s in a Real Bad Place’: US Makes Little Progress in Getting Pvt. Travis King Back from North Korea

    ‘He’s in a Real Bad Place’: US Makes Little Progress in Getting Pvt. Travis King Back from North Korea

    More than a day after Pvt. Travis King ran into North , efforts by the Pentagon and State Department to get him back have made little headway — and the reasons for the troubled soldier fleeing across the border into the authoritarian state remained mostly a mystery.

    The State Department said Wednesday it was working with South Korea and on the unusual case of the soldier, who had reportedly pleaded guilty to assaulting several people in a South Korea entertainment district, served six weeks in jail and was supposed to be flown back to Bliss, Texas, to face discipline when he fled across the demilitarized zone during a public tour.

    Meanwhile, defense officials told .com that multiple groups and agencies are working together to secure King's release. But North Korea remained silent, and King's physical status, as well as any conditions of his captivity, remained unknown.

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    “We are engaging all levers of government, but we have not heard anything back yet,” a senior defense official told Military.com.

    American captives have not been well-treated in North Korean custody. King's family spoke out about the incident and his safety on Wednesday.

    “I know he's in a real bad place, a bad situation,” King's uncle, Myron Gates, told The Associated Press. “And I'm hoping that they let him come home and he'll…

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