Lawmakers question former, incumbent NIS agents, police officers in spy agency probe
At Monday's hearing involving NIS agents, a giant screen wall was set up so that their faces could not be seen.
Behind the wall were two active, and two inactive agents.
A female NIS agent, who stands accused of posting negative online comments about opposition presidential candidates before the December election, was among them.
The agent said she was only fulfilling her duties as an agent.
"I never received orders to meddle in the presidential election. I only did my duties to respond to North Korea's propaganda online."
But the agent refused to answer many of the questions posed, saying she didn't want to incriminate herself in the event she is put on trial at a later date.
Kwon Eun-hee, a police officer who led the investigation into the spy agency's scandal at Seoul's Suseo Police Station, said she received a phone call from former Seoul Metropolitan Police chief Kim Yong-pan on December 16th.
Kwon said that Kim told her not to file a request for a warrant to search the apartment from where the NIS agent was found to have posted sensitive political comments.
"What Kim Yong-pan did was unfair, because it tampered with our investigation at Suseo station."
Kwon said she had asked the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency to analyze all files saved in the female NIS agent's computer, including 1-hundred keywords.
But she said the police agency cut that number down to just four and then released the results of the investigation at 11 p.m. on December 16th, just three days before the election.
"Other high-ranking NIS agents at the hearing said there may be posted comments online that others may have judged as being 'inappropriate' or 'problematic.' But they claimed they only posted them to effectively counter North Korean propaganda in cyberspace.
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News."
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I know Kimyongpan's downright lie. Let's throw him away into the the great 4 rivers and bury into the clay.