South Korean spy agency ‘hacked’ country’s 2012 presidential race

Park Geun-Hye (centre) the day after her slim victory in the 2012 presidential elections. South Korea’s spy agency admits it was behind an aggressive online campaign to sway voters against her rival.

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South Korean spy agency ‘hacked’ country’s 2012 presidential race

South Korean politicians have condemned the psychological warfare conducted by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) in the 2012 presidential race that was aimed at manipulating voters in an attempt to secure now-impeached Park Geun-hye’s victory.

On Thursday, an internal probe of the South Korean spy agency revealed that from 2009 to 2012, the NIS instructed 30 teams to bombard social media with messages to help shape public opinion in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election.

The probe accuses former NIS chief Won Sei-hoon of organizing the smear campaign involving anti-North Korea psychological warfare units to influence the 2012 election in favor of Park Geun-hye, who ended up winning. The teams also engaged in a campaign to criticize rival candidate Moon Jae-in.

“The teams were charged with spreading pro-government opinions and suppressing anti-government views, branding them as pro-North Korean forces’ attempts to disturb state affairs,” the internal NIS probe revealed, as quoted by Financial Times.

It is alleged that the campaign hired civilians and used as many as 3,500 social media accounts to support the conservative party.

A spokesman for former President Park, who is now standing trial on corruption and abuse of power charges after being impeached, claimed that the NIS inquiry launched in June is politically motivated.

“The NIS says it will dissociate itself from politics but it is meddling in politics again by starting this probe,” Kang Hyo-sang of Park’s opposition Liberty Korea Party said in a statement.

Political parties across the spectrum have criticized the spy agency’s election meddling.

“Though it is just the tip of the iceberg, it is very shocking,” Kim Hyun, a spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party, told reporters, as cited by Yonhap. “Those involved in the case must come forward and tell the truth.”

“It is clearly the NIS’ unlawful political intervention,” Kim Yoo-jung from the center-left People’s Party said. “(Those responsible) should pay the price for unpardonable illicit acts.”

Park won the 2012 election with 51.6 percent of the vote to Moon Jae-in’s 48 percent.

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6 Responses to "South Korean spy agency ‘hacked’ country’s 2012 presidential race"

  1. kaho  August 6, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Apropos of N. Korea’s rocket tests : today there was an article in one of the major German newspapers with rocket expert Mr Robert Schmucker, who indicates that the rockets are of Russian origin :
    http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/wie-kann-nordkorea-trotz-sanktionen-raketen-testen-15138294.html

    It would indeed be interesting to learn what VT experts can say with regard to this.

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    Robert Schmucker kann darüber Auskunft geben. Der Raketenbauingenieur arbeitete Anfang der siebziger Jahre für die Nasa am Triebwerk des Space Shuttle, danach war er Forschungsleiter im deutschen Raketenprogramm, baute Feststoffraketen für Bayern-Chemie und war UN-Waffeninspekteur im Irak.

  2. Gary Kraut  August 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Whenever the cabal needs a woman in power, she will always win by a small margin. Generally, a woman in power = cabal.
    It´s a mystery to me why the good people haven´t done away with elections, because an election will inherently always be won by the cabal (the MS Media). The only benefit the public derives from an election is to see and hold proof that they are done and under total control.

  3. joetv  August 5, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Same shit happens here. All I can say to anyone who doubts the CIA, and associate spook agencies spin elections in our country is…WAKE UP AMERICA before we’re all done. Through and through.

  4. David Odell  August 5, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Geun-Hye was the first female president of S Korea and the first female president in SE Asia. Certain aspects of her story have me hesitant to give too much credence to what is in press. The industrial nature of the Korean people is to businesses there, as diamonds are to Sierra Leone. I have to believe she was in the fight of her life the entire time. and this is another chapter. It is interesting to me that her ousting came as Trump entered and now we suddenly have a huge uptick in warmongering there. There is a pattern of ruthlessness taking shape across the globe as concerns profitable investment in the richest sectors. many predicted it

  5. JohnZ  August 5, 2017 at 5:14 am

    A few questions: How much CIA influence was involved?
    What would have happened if her rival had won?
    What was the goal of having Park Geun-Hye in office?

    • Eduardo  August 5, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      We all know that S.Korean governments are vassals of the USA to keep the conflict with N. Korea alive.
      Moon Jae-in, a couple of month ago said that he is open for talks with N. Korea. In the meantime he already has jumped onto the American clown bus. Maybe the new Korean president was not “ready” in 2013. In 2017 he definitely is embracing his “American partners politics”.

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