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More presidential election stuff

- The Hani has an interview with a “former high-ranking NIS official” who claims the NIS has three teams of agents (76 folk in total) dedicated to waging comment war battles on behalf the LMB administration. Color me skeptical, but I suppose it’s possible.

- Is the Park Geun-hye camp giving the foreign press a hard time over using the word “dictator”? That’s what the DUP is claiming, anyway:

Foreign journalists in South Korea are reportedly unhappy with the Saenuri Party’s tactics. Shin Jae-yeon, deputy spokesperson for the foreign press for Democratic United Party challenger Moon Jae-in, said foreign reporters had talked about being repeatedly contacted by Saenuri members questioning why they had used certain expressions.

“The reporters are taking these as attempts to control the foreign press by denying the legacy of the dictatorship,” Shin said. “It’s extremely upsetting to them.”

- Something interesting I read this morning—several government ministries released press statements after the third presidential debate refuting statements made my Moon Jae-in during the debate. Not sure how I feel about that, actually.

- Korean novelist and Twitter star Lee Oisoo wants you to vote. I could deal without the gloom, but here it is anyway:

- The WSJ offers a pretty good look at the election and why this year’s campaign season seems so underwhelming. Part of it is the candidates themselves, part of it’s resignation, and part of it is greater democratic maturity.

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  • Hamilton

    It appears that Police have cleared the NIS agent who was confronted at her apartment in the last few days.
    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2012/12/16/16/0301000000AEN20121216003200315F.HTML

  • http://www.askakorean.net/ The_Korean

     You really should read the news in Korean. Police did not clear the NIS agent at all.

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler
  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler
  • http://www.askakorean.net/ The_Korean

     Did you seriously just straight up link to NFP’s press release??

  • http://www.askakorean.net/ The_Korean

     Any time the NFP attempts to impeach its own NIS head, I know NFP is full of shit.

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    I did. Because I found the Tablo comparison entertaining. You should just be impressed the NFP even know who Tablo is.

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    I know you believe that, but at the same time, I think—deep, deep down—you know Cho Gap-jae has security connections out the ying-yang, and it’s quite possible the stuff he ran in the Monthly Chosun was legit.

  • Hamilton

    “Winding up an intensive investigation, police said they failed to find any online postings or comments by the 28-year-old agent about Moon.”

    So, the investigation is over (winding up) and they didn’t find any evidence.  In English that usually translates into cleared. 

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Park was a dictator and Roh was corrupt and suicidal.  What a fine selection of people the two leading candidates were closely associated with.  

  • http://www.askakorean.net/ The_Korean

    Ham:  “Here is an article in English.”
    TK:  “You should read the article in Korean, because the English version is not accurate.”
    Ham:  “But this is what it says in English.”

    Do you see what’s wrong with this conversation?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Why don’t Yonhap, Ye Olde Chosun Ilbo, KT, and other newspapers translate their articles accurately?

  • http://www.askakorean.net/ The_Korean

    Take a wild guess.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Except Park couldnt choose who she was associated with, you know, since she was born to her father. Moon made a conscious choice to be associated with Roh.

  • http://www.askakorean.net/ The_Korean

    Enough with this nonsense. PGH chose to associate with her father’s legacy just as much as MJI chose to join RMH’s cabinet.  PGH was the head of the propaganda machine for PCH’s regime (look up 새마음 운동). After PCH’s death, PGH lived off of and managed his slush funds. PGH’s entire political career is founded upon pandering to PCH’s legacy. All of the foregoing are conscious choices, not an accident of birth.

  • bumfromkorea

    Park couldn’t choose whether to not say that what her father did was wrong until the public opinion went sour on her?  Hmm…

    It’s not just about Park being her father’s daughter.  It’s about shit like trying to justify the Yushin Constitution, then suddenly changing her tune 180 degrees when poll numbers began to waver.  Do you, as a publicly declared misanthrope and Uber-Libertarian, mean to tell me that you would willingly support the candidate who publicly said that the constitution that gave the sitting president monarch-like powers was justified?
    It’s one thing to claim that PJH was an overall a good president.  It’s a whole other universe to claim that Yushin Constitution was justified.

  • http://www.askakorean.net/ The_Korean

    It is equally possible that CGJ lied through his teeth. All I know is that the NLL continued to stand during RMH administration, and that is quite good enough for me.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    I was going to write an answer, but noticed that The_Korean answered it as I would have (although I don’t have a man crush on Moon like he does).

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Park won thanks to Moon, and Moon only. Now hopefully he can pay penance and disappear for being so blind with ugly ambition along with his stupid supporters.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Moon gave us Park. The left really deserved to lose this time. Ugly people.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole
  • bumfromkorea

    How or why are they idiots?