New spy chief ’s me­dia posts raises con­cerns

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Yi Whan-woo yis­tory@ko­re­

The coun­try’s new spy chief Park Jie-won has con­tin­ued to be ac­tive on so­cial me­dia even af­ter he was of­fi­cially ap­pointed to the job, July 29, fu­el­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns over ex­pos­ing his lo­ca­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties at any given time.

A vet­eran politician, Park has also been post­ing his thoughts on cur­rent af­fairs, which po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts find in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­sid­er­ing the na­ture of his job.

“A spy chief is sup­posed to be out of pub­lic sight ex­cept for spe­cial cir­cum­stances and Park ap­pears to be un­ac­cus­tomed to this so far,” Shin Yul, a po­lit­i­cal sci­ence pro­fes­sor at My­ongji Univer­sity, said Mon­day.

The pro­fes­sor pointed out how Park men­tioned his pri­vate sched­ule on Face­book, Sun­day.

He wrote he post­poned his plans to visit vic­tims of the re­cent heavy rain to in­stead go to church with his wife for a Sun­day wor­ship ser­vice.

This came af­ter he said he would re­frain from post­ing on so­cial me­dia af­ter he was nom­i­nated as di­rec­tor of the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice (NIS) by Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in, July 3. He then said keep­ing away from so­cial me­dia is “be­ing faith­ful” as the nom­i­nee.

“He can jeop­ar­dize his life by ex­pos­ing his sched­ule im­pul­sively,” Shin said. “And he does not seem to be sen­si­tive about the mat­ter.”

The pro­fes­sor added that Park’s ad­di­tional com­ment on Sun­day, in re­la­tion to vic­tims of the tor­ren­tial rains, was con­trary to the na­ture of his job.

In his Sun­day Face­book post, Park wrote a mes­sage con­vey­ing his con­do­lences to the vic­tims of mass flood­ing and mud­slides amid heavy down­pour across the coun­try.

“Again, this is some­thing very com­mon to what a politician can do, but not for the NIS di­rec­tor,” Shin said. “From now on, he should learn to keep his jour­nal pri­vate.”

Park, 78, spent almost 30 years as a politician and govern­ment of­fi­cial, in­clud­ing serv­ing as chief of staff to late Pres­i­dent Kim Dae­jung.


Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice (NIS) Di­rec­tor Park Jie-won at­tends a joint meet­ing at the Na­tional As­sem­bly, July 30, a day af­ter he was of­fi­cially ap­pointed to the po­si­tion.

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