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South Korea NIS’ Surveillance of Phone and Online Networks

South Korea NIS’ Surveillance of Phone and Online Networks

Koeun Lee


The National Intelligence Service (NIS) of South Korea

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) of South Korea is embroiled in a controversy over warrantless and potentially illegal interception of telecommunication information of private citizens, including members of minority opposition parties, families of the Sewol Ferry disaster, college students, and others.

On one day, January the 7th, NIS tapped the phone records and network metadata of one of the parents of the Sewol Ferry disaster survivor, Se-Hoon Park, the president of the Korea University Student Council, 9 Hankyoreh reporters, 4 lawmakers and executives from minority opposition parties, and 19 members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), Hankyoreh reported.

NIS explained that phone records were collected during a general investigation into violations of the National Security Law. This, however, raised accusations of “illegal surveillance”, as the 32 citizens who were secretly investigated have been found to lack any connections to the individuals whom NIS have named are their target suspects.

A recent hearing for the Sewol Ferry disaster revealed that Sewol crew members and an NIS agent were in close communication, which made the NIS’s claims look less than convincing.

Civic organizations in South Korea now demand the NIS clarify how it used the collected information, and accuse the NIS of spying on any individual or group which criticizes the current government.

South Korean lawmakers recently filibustered for 192 hours and 25 minutes, a world record, to oppose the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act – the set of laws that permit the wide expansion of the NIS’s information gathering powers, including unprecedented access to people’s private lives.

Se-Hoon Won, the former chief of NIS, stands accused of multiple crimes, including tampering with the presidential election in which South Korea’s current president, Park Geun-Hye, was elected.

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  1. Good day.

    Ricoh Union has bought North Korea anthracite from KOREA TAEJIN TRADING CORP. and used all fake documents(including COO issued in Russian federation and so on)to import North Korea anthracite from Nampo port to Campha port,Vietnam and discharged the cargoes twice. The vessel MV Kai Xiang Ricoh Union chartered turned off GPS navigation to fake the loading port. And MV Kai Xiang had never been to Vladivostok,Russia.They faked the navigation log book. Even the inspection certificate made by Incolab is not real. They bribed related people and spent money to buy fake documents in order to import NK coal and make money. They could not prove the Russian origin mine owner or exporter where they exported.

    Ju Gyong Nam, 朱京男the manager of KOREA TAEJIN TRADING CORP., and Linjin林進明(WeChat ID:misha_0420 / email address:acko-kkn999@mail.ru /now stays in Russia, in charge of loading the North Korea coal and dealing with FAKE COA,COO,COW,B/L)went to Shanghai, China and Macao many times to negotiate exporting TAEJIN NK coal to Vietnam or other countries with Chiang Kuo Hua and his son,Chiang Hen. Chiang Kuo Hua and his son,Chiang Hen took lots of US dollars into China to give Ju Gyong Nam and Linjin.

    Since the Vietnam government insists Customs check the CO and let the cargo discharged with CO issued by Union the Primorsky Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ricoh Union(Chiang Kuo Hua) has tried to bribe Customs officers and bought “real” CO (maybe be issued by Union the Primorsky Chamber of Commerce and Industry) from NK people(Ju Gyong Nam and Linjin) and Russian people(such as Linjin and Anton) to sell NK coal into Vietnam.

    And Ricoh Union will import more North Korea anthracite into Vietnam, even other countries. Now Ricoh Union uses his OBU companies(maybe RUAP INTERNATIONAL CORP.) to sign contract with KOREA TAEJIN TRADING CORP. to sell North Korea anthracite(faked as Russian coal) to Vietnam and other countries.They will charter MV ORIENTAL TREASURE or MV FLOURISHING or other vessels(maybe going to North Korea ports directly or going to Vladivostok port or Rajin port or other Russian ports to carry North Korea coal and then deliver to Vietnam port(maybe Campha port) in December 2017 and keep on smuggling NK coal to Vietnam. When Ju Gyong Nam and Linjin finish loading NK coal to the vessel,then Chiang Kuo Hua and his son,Chiang Hen will take US dollars into China to give Ju Gyong Nam and Linjin to pay the buying money and O/F.

    The people involved with selling and buying NK coal now to make big money are A Niun (Tuyen vicosa agent, dealing with Vietnam Customs),DAO XUAN VIET(the buyer in Vietnam,+84 90 3212480,depuyt manager of Vinacomin-coal import export joint stock company,Coalimex), Quang Trung Dinh(the buyer in Vietnam,+84 91 3283548,office assistant of Vinacomin) and Chiang Kuo Hua(Taiwanese, the seller in Taiwan and the representative of Ricoh Union and RUAP INTERNATIONAL CORP. ,+886 937196096/+886956196096) and his son Chiang Hen (Taiwanese,+886961189268).

    Please seize the smuggled vessels and cargoes,and can not allow the cargo to be sold or used in Vietnam or other countries because all the shipping documents (including CO,COO,COW,B/L) showing Russian origin are fake and issued artificially. The coal is directly from North Korea(You can check the ingredients).They could not prove the Russian origin mine owner or exporter where they exported. Just check the ingredients of the coal shipped to Vietnam and other countries. And please give criminal sanctions to those people according to Vietnam laws and regulations, and UN sanctions to reject NK coal.

    Thanks a lot.

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