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Arrest warrant sought for former presidential aide in probe of military's political interference

All Headlines 19:49 December 08, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors sought a warrant Friday to detain a former secretary to ex-President Lee Myung-bak over allegations that he played a role in the military's political interference in 2012.

Kim Tae-hyo, currently a university professor, is suspected of involvement in the cyberwarfare command's operations to write Internet comments to sway public opinion in favor of the conservative Lee government, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said.

Kim served as an aide on external strategy planning to Lee between 2008 and 2012.

He is believed to hold the key to the growing suspicion that Lee himself was responsible for the secretive maneuvers, which are a violation of the military's obligation to political neutrality.

Kim allegedly delivered the president's directives regarding their operations to the military, including an order to fill the cyberwarfare team with those ideologically aligned with the government.

The prosecution suspects that then-Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin briefed the aide about the command's activities, which were then reported to Lee.

The former aide also faces charges of violating the military code of confidentiality. Prosecutors raided his home and office Nov. 28 and reportedly secured evidence that he illegally kept confidential military and presidential documents.

This photo, taken Dec. 6, 2017, shows Kim Tae-hyo, former aide to ex-President Lee Myung-bak walking out of the prosecution office in Seoul after interrogation. (Yonhap)

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