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2 ex-chiefs of cyber command charged over online smear campaign

All Headlines 16:31 November 04, 2014

SEOUL, Nov. 4 (Yonhap) -- Two former commanders of South Korea's cyber command have been charged with meddling in politics around the 2012 presidential election, military prosecutors said Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Yeon Jae-wook and Brig. Gen. Ok Do-kyung are accused of approving the head of the command's psychological warfare team to go ahead with online operations that military prosecutors say are politically biased.

The command, set up in 2010 to counter cyberattacks by North Korea, is found to have posted about 787,000 online comments. Among those, some 12,000 posts were found to be in favor of or against specific political parties and politicians before and after the presidential election.

On Tuesday, the military prosecutors indicted Yeon and Ok on charges of meddling in politics instead of aiding the political intervention, a charge they faced in August.

Still, Yeon and Ok are not being held in custody pending trial.

Kim Sang-ho, a lawyer who represents Yeon, said he had no immediate comments.

Ok could not be reached for comment.

Political meddling is an offense that is punishable by up to two years in prison. The military criminal act stipulates soldiers to stay neutral.


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