Army general under probe for leaking military secrets to N. Korea

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2010-06-04 11:02 Updated : 2010-06-04 11:02
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South Korea's military and intelligence agencies are probing into a two-star Army general accused of leaking classified military information to North Korea, officials said Friday.

The general, identified only as Kim, had allegedly handed over classified information related to military management and operations between 2005 and 2007 to a former South Korean intelligence agent recruited by North Korea, according to prosecutors and investigators at the Defense Security Command (DSC).

The investigation came after prosecutors and the National Intelligence Service Thursday arrested two South Koreans -- a former executive of a local defense firm and a former secret agent -- on charges of handing over military secrets to the communist North after receiving operational funds.

Kim was won over by the former South Korean spy who had conducted intelligence missions against the communist North in the 1990s, the investigators said.

Prosecutors and DSC investigators said they were expanding the investigation to see if Kim had additional accomplices engaged in espionage.

South Korea's anti-communist National Security Law prohibits its citizens from contacting North Koreans without government approval and punishes activities benefiting the North.//Yonhap