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S. Korean intelligence officer sacked for revealing 'secrets' to Japanese.

SEOUL, Feb. 8 Kyodo

A South Korean intelligence officer posted to his government's embassy in Japan was fired for allegedly leaking ''secret'' information to the Japan Coast Guard and Japanese reporters, according to South Korea media reports.

The former intelligence officer, who allegedly leaked eight items of confidential information during his 2009-2011 posting to Tokyo, has denied wrongdoing and filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, saying the information in question does not meet the threshold of secret, The Chosunilbo and other media reports said.

They said that among the things that the intelligence officer was responsible for while at the embassy was keeping an eye on the activities of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.

In October 2009, the intelligence officer briefed a Japan Coast Guard official on the itinerary of Hwang Jang Yop, former secretary of North Korea's ruling party, who defected to South Korea in 1997, ahead of his visit to Japan -- information that was subsequently leaked to a North Korean intelligence officer in Malaysia by way of a Japanese television reporter.

In addition, around the time of the July 2010 visit to Japan by Kim Hyong Hui, the former North Korean spy convicted of the bombing of a Korea Air jet in the 1980, the intelligence officer allegedly told a Japanese newspaper reporter that she provided information about Yaeko Taguchi, one of several Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s, to an aide of Hiroshi Nakai, who was then Japan's minister in charge of the abduction issue.
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Date:Feb 13, 2012
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