Probe Confirms S Korean Intel Service Meddled in 2011, 2012 General Elections

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 4, 2017

The task force of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), an internal investigation team created after President Moon Jae-in took office in early May, announced a probe result Thursday, saying illicit NIS activities were conducted under the conservative Lee Myung-bak administration. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said that the so called "cyber fringe units" operated online to post pro-government or politically conservative opinions in thread discussions on politics. In 2015 he was already sentenced to three years in jail over the NIS meddling into the 2012 presidential campaign by posting mass messages critical of Moon, who lost the election having ceded to Park Geun-hye. Park was elected in the end.

Won was also found to have ordered the agency to muzzle the press and provide support for conservative civic groups.

It has been confirmed as well that the NIS attempted to influence parliamentary elections in 2011 and 2012 and put some major opposition politicians under secret surveillance, said the task force, which scrutinized transcripts of Won's instructions. Many files were deleted apparently by Won and his aides but restored by investigators.

The country's new administration of reform-minded Moon Jae-in has vowed to stop the malpractice by making the NIS focus on collecting and analyzing intelligence and information on North Korea and foreign affairs.

The findings were one of a dozen cases, into which the NIS task force has been looking to find any past wrongdoing.

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