On June 22nd, at a meeting (held in the National Assembly) of the Unofficial Plenary Session of the Intelligence Committee of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), NKSIS report on the North Korean operations to affect South Korean elections was confirmed. "Signs of North Korean task force (TF) operations to affect the outcome of our (South Korean) general and presidential elections have been detected," said the source.
The NKSIS report was confirmed by congressmen of ruling and opposition parties, Jae-sung Choi and Du-ah Lee, during a Q&A session with Seh-hoon Won, the Director of NIS and other NIS officials.
NIS official explained, "We were able to verify the report that a North Korean espionage stratagem exists for the purposes of providing updates on South Korean elections. North Korea have done this during past several election seasons."
On June 14th, a week prior to the Plenary Session, NKSIS had reported that according to a high-ranking official in the North Korea "In 2010 mid-October, Kim Jong-il ordered his Secretaria Office to create a task force for the sole purpose of 'defeating the Grand National Party and transferring power to oppositions in general and presidential 2012 elections.'" The confirmation of the presence of task forces affirms the NKSIS report on the North Korean attempts to affect the election outcomes through behind-the-scene maneuvering.
According to the source, the purpose of the task force is to shift the political power to the opposition of President Lee Myung-bak. In all probability, they will draw public's attention to major accidents that occurred during Lee's presidency to harm his and his government's reputation to put spurs to opposition parties.
Translation by Hoyeon Choi Supervised by Sunny Kang
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