Rep. Lee Seok-ki, the lawmaker facing charges of conspiracy to commit armed rebellion, showed up for a United Progressive Party (UPP) meeting at the National Assembly this morning.
Naturally enough, he said the whole thing’s a fabrication, that the NIS is repressing progressive and democratic forces, yada yada yada.
Meanwhile, the NIS and prosecutors continue to release more details—and by details, we mean really detailed details—on what Lee and his alleged 130 or so co-conspirators conspired to do. In particular, in the event of a war with North Korea, they planned to destroy major telecommunication facilities like the KT office in Seoul’s Hyehwa district and its Internet Data Center in Bundang (apparently the sites responsible for managing Seoul’s Internet domains) and major rail facilities to block the movement of military supplies and civilians. They also planned to hit the major logistics facility at the port of Pyeongtaek and other oil and gas facilities throughout the Seoul/Gyeonggi-do area.
The group allegedly also discussed the need to ascertain the present position and size of US military bases in Korea.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get too over-the-top, Lee—famous for refusing to sing the South Korean national anthem—sang the “Red Flag Song” (a.k.a. the anthem of the North Korean military) at these little clandestine get-togethers, which—according to the Joongang Ilbo report—were also attended by two other UPP lawmakers, Kim Mi-hee and (the admittedly lovely) Kim Jae-yeon.
The NIS is also saying they think somebody in the Gyeonggi Dongbu Alliance made an illicit trip to North Korea and that Lee had a big pile of cash in his office (Lee did run a company, so the fact that’s he’s got a big pile of cash
laying lying around doesn’t necessarily mean it comes from the North). Another report says the NIS thinks one of Lee’s aides met with high-ranking North Korean officials in China.
BTW, if you were wondering what Korea’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Party (DP), makes of all this, its chairman said this morning that if the charges are true, the incident would be shocking and intolerable. He also noted, however, that since the investigation was being opened at a time when the NIS itself was under investigation, the DP would have to pay careful attention to the proceedings.
Obviously we’ll need to see how this plays out. At this point, I don’t trust the NIS very much, but as Jose Canseco taught us, even douchebags tell the truth sometimes.