Wednesday, January 23, 2008

AsiaMedia :: KOREA: Prosecutors probe spy chief over leak

AsiaMedia :: KOREA: Prosecutors probe spy chief over leak: "Senior prosecutor Shin Joong-dae says information leaked to 'JoongAng Daily' tentatively determined as an 'official secret'

The Korea Herald
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
By Song Sang-ho

State prosecutors yesterday launched an investigation into the nation's top intelligence official, who leaked excerpts from a confidential meeting with his North Korean counterpart, a senior prosecutor said.
'Based on our analysis of the content of the documents and how they were leaked, we tentatively determined that the leaked information is an official secret,' said Shin Joong-dae, a senior prosecutor at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, yesterday.

'The focus of our investigation is whether (the spy chief) contravened the law regarding disclosure of official secrets. We will piece together all circumstantial evidence to determine whether the leakage constitutes a crime,' he added.

Kim Man-bok last Tuesday offered to resign as the director of the National Intelligence Service, admitting the leak. President Roh Moo-hyun has yet to accept it."

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