The Chosun (and Yonhap, from which I take it the Chosun took it) ran a summary of some of the transcripts of what Rep. Lee Seok-ki and his alleged Revolutionary Organization (RO) are said to have said.
It’s long, and I have no real desire to translate it all. Most of the details you already know, although it’s always more entertaining to hear it (or read it, as it were) from the mouths of the people involved. Most of the really detailed war plans were not actually said by Rep. Lee, though—it seems Lee Sang-ho, an adviser to the Gyeonggi-do Progressive Alliance, worked up most of the battle plan, such as which sites and facilities to hit and how to get or make the weapons.
Of interest to USFK readers, perhaps, are recorded comments by Lee Yeong-chun, head of the Goyang-Paju chapter of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, who noted the need for the RO to observe the movements of US military civilians in the Dongducheon area.
On the other side of the equation, the Hankyoreh notes the presence of a quartet of high-ranking Cheong Wa Dae, NIS and Justice Ministry officials who sort of specialize in old-fashioned, 1990s-esque national security cases like this. In particular, they know how these cases impact the domestic political situation and they know how to use them to their advantage. In fact, when the Justice Minister was a prosecutor all he worked on was security-related cases. Anyway, one lawyer who used to be a prosecutor on national security-related cases back in the day told the Hani that everything about this case smelled like the 1990s.
The Kyunghyang Shinmun—a progressive paper that was castigated yesterday by the head of the UPP for “cooperating with McCarthyism“—also suggests that with the NIS under pressure from both the ruling and opposition parties to reform, the very public manner in which they’ve pursued this case may be intended to remind Cheong Wa Dae and the National Assembly why the spy agency still needs to have a domestic component.
Anyway, Rep. Lee now has an arrest warrant out for him.
And yes, with charges as serious as he’s facing, he can still be arrested despite being a sitting lawmaker.
For now, I’ll leave you with the words of the incomparable Chin Jung-kwon:
정치적 발달장애를 앓는 일부 주사파 정치 광신도들이 80년대의 남조선혁명 판타지에 빠져 집단으로 자위를 하다가 들통난 사건 정도로 보면 될 듯. 근데 했다는 발언들을 들어보면, 얘들 중증인 것은 확실. 80년대에도 저런 또라이들은 없었거든요.
— jungkwon chin (@unheim) August 29, 2013
UPDATE: Most of the civic groups leading the candlelight protests against the NIS’s alleged interference in the last presidential election say they will continue with the protests, saying the electoral interference issue and the investigation into Rep. Lee and friends should be treated as separate issues.
CORRECTION: It would seem Rep. Lee cannot be arrested without the National Assembly first passing a resolution to allow him to be arrested. The Saenuri Party is quite happy to float such a resolution, and the Democratic Party may very well go along with it, but it may take a little while to get things rolling.
UPDATE 2: The Chosun Ilbo examined what kinds of materials Rep. Lee asked for while serving on the parliamentary committee in charge of, as luck would have it, Korea’s science policy (including its space program), telecommunications and nuclear power industry. Oddly enough, he asked for materials on, among other things, reports to the science and technology minister (or whatever he’s being called nowadays) on protection of civilian telecom infrastructure, IT-related requests by the NIS, telecom companies’ network investments, manuals detailing what broadcast and telecom companies would do if electricity supplies were cut off due to an emergency, reports on Korea’s rocket development, a detailed roadmap of Korea’s space development industry, reports on inter-Korean science and technology exchanges, agreements between the Unification Minister and the NIS, a list of participants in talks to amend the Korea—US nuclear cooperation agreement, and—my personal favorite—reports on research on plans on nuclear fuel reprocessing.
Oh, and he’s also the one that got data from the Defense Ministry on USFK’s unused Korean defense contributions, which he then promptly released to the media in the form of “USFK is hoarding Korean money and asking for even more.” Lee asked for this material despite it being beyond his committee’s purview.
A government official also noted that UPP lawmakers asked for the lists of investigators and/or NIS agents responsible for looking at the various left-wing groups the lawmakers were associated with, and that some of the requests were of doubtful relevance to their parliamentary duties.