Reports that the software tycoon and dean of Seoul National University's Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology Ahn Cheol-soo is interested in running for mayor of Seoul sent parties scrambling to confirm the rumors Thursday.
An online newspaper on Thursday night said Ahn is close to announcing his mayoral bid. A doctor who is close to Ahn was quoted as saying, "It's true that Ahn is seriously thinking about running for Seoul mayor, and if he does run it will be as an independent."
About an hour after the reports surfaced, Ahn's Internet security firm AhnLab tweeted they did not reflect Ahn's intentions. But at around 11:20 p.m., the Twitter message was deleted, raising more questions.