Fake N.K. defector turned over list of real defectors living in Seoul

This is, put bluntly, disgusting:

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service confirmed on Sunday that the 33-year-old official – himself a defector from the North – had been taken into custody, although it has declined to identify the man by name.

Security officials acted after concluding that the man had handed a complete list of defectors living in Seoul to the North Korean government, according tot he Dong-A Ilbo newspaper.

The information also included the defectors’ new addresses in the South Korean capital, details of their work and other information.

For those keeping score at home, the douchebag in question is actually a North Korean-born person of Chinese descent, a.k.a. hwagyo. Now this surprised me, because I had no idea there were still hwagyo in North Korea. But apparently there are, and according to the Dong-A, they’re doing quite well for themselves. Up until the 1980s, they were as poor as ordinary North Koreans, but thanks to China’s economic reforms and rapid economic growth, hwagyo also began growing wealthy, and now they are one of the most envied groups in the North. Allowed to travel freely between North Korea and China, they’ve earned a good deal of coin trading in Chinese manufactured goods and agricultural goods. Not everything’s so great for them, though—because they are, technically speaking, Chinese nationals, they can’t attend normal schools in the North, and therefore must attend special hwagyo schools. Accordingly, they can’t go to university.

Well, you learn something new every day.

Anyway, what makes this case even worse is that South Korean intelligence was apparently watching the guy even before he got a job with Seoul Metropolitan Government, where he handled (and turned over to the North) defector information.

  • http://twitter.com/BROMOTORBOAT Lan

    what a scum bag

  • http://www.gofundme.com/1k98a8 Jakgani

    The fact that he was already under observation by the NIS – and yet was allowed to take on a job working for the Korean government which gave him access too all the defector information – is disgusting on behalf of the South Korean government.  What other information was he also able to send back?

  • http://kuiwon.wordpress.com/ Kuiwon

    If the NIS can’t bring itself to go after and prosecute NK-sympathizing government officials such Lee Junghee and Lim Sukyung, why are we surprised that this under the NIS’ watch? 

  • Hamilton

    The NIS pre-crime unit was not operational yet.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Wasn’t this guy one of the people used in the local media as an example of North Koreans adapting well to South Korean society?  I vaguely remember reading something about a North Korean refugee working in a similar position.