Mystery Tablet PC at Heart of Presidential Scandal

      October 28, 2016 11:35

      The mystery deepens in a crony scandal engulfing President Park Geun-hye over a tablet PC obtained by a JTBC reporter.

      The tablet contains several selfies of the Choi Soon-sil, the presidential confidante at the heart of the scandal, as well as files of Park's major speeches. The broadcaster claims the tablet was discovered in boxes aides to Choi Soon-sil left behind.

      But Choi in an interview with the Segye Ilbo newspaper denied it is her device. "I do not have a tablet. I don't even know how to use it. That is not mine," she said. Choi also demanded that prosecutors look into how the tablet fell into the broadcaster's hands.

      A captured image from a JTBC news report shows two selfies of Choi Soon-sil from a tablet PC the broadcaster says it found. /Yonhap

      Skeptics are wondering whether Choi would have been so foolish as to leave behind a computer loaded with confidential documents that could be traced to Cheong Wa Dae as she hotfooted it to Germany.

      One person close to Choi claimed in a media interview that the tablet belongs to a close associate, Koh Young-tae, who headed one of the dubious foundations Choi established using corporate donations. 

      But that merely shifts the question to whether Koh would have been so foolish. Also, the tablet PC contains two selfies of Choi, and the user name is "Yeon." Choi's daughter's name was Yoo-yeon before she changed it to Yoo-ra.

      JTBC reported that the tablet originally belonged to a Cheong Wa Dae official, who gave it to Choi in 2012. A closer look at the device shows it had not been used since 2014, which suggests that whoever owns it may have forgotten all about the evidence it contains.

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