Police Trace Fake-News Twitter Handle to Gyeonggi Governor's House

  • By Kwon Sang-eun, Choi Yeon-jin

    November 22, 2018 12:52

    New evidence on Wednesday linked Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung's wife to a Twitter handle used to spread fake news about Moon Jae-in and other political rivals of her husband in the race for the presidential candidacy since 2013.

    Lee eventually came third in the race.

    Lee insists that he is the target of a smear campaign and went on the defensive by posting contradicting evidence on the Internet. The governor is set to be grilled by prosecutors Friday on separate charges of violating election laws.

    According to police, the user of the Twitter handle 08_hkkim is registered under the e-mail address khk631000@gmail.com and a Daum e-mail address under the same ID. But the user ditched the Daum e-mail address as police began investigating in April this year.

    The last location where the user accessed the Daum e-mail account was the governor's house, according to police.

    Lee said he would issue a rebuttal Thursday morning, but later changed his mind. "It would be improper to comment at this stage before results of the police investigation are officially released," he said.

    He claims that his secretary created the ID in 2012 and 2013, when Lee was mayor of Seongnam city in Gyeonggi Province. But the secretary has denied creating the Twitter handle. Lee also claims that a third person created the handle or it may have been shared by many people.

    Meanwhile, the governor is set to appear before prosecutors on Friday on charges that he improperly attempted to section his now-dead older brother in a mental hospital and violated election laws.

    The accusations came during the local elections in June from the opposition Bareun Mirae Party. Prosecutors also plan to grill Lee on his alleged links with organized crime and an adulterous tryst with an actress.

    Lee denies all of the allegations.

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