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.